The purpose of this $1000.00 scholarship is to recognize the efforts of a student(s) that have promoted healthy decision-making and responsibility with regard to use of alcohol among students. This student(s) also shows responsibility in his or her own life, and leads by example.
Laura Marie Cockson attended the University of Nebraska from the fall of 1995 until the spring of 1998. She was an outstanding student, planning to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. She was actively involved with her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and a member of the University Honor's Program, making the Dean's list each semester. Laura also worked at the Campus Recreation Center, where she brought her bright eyes and smile to work everyday. She touched the lives of many students, bringing joy and laughter everywhere she went.
On Saturday, March 14, 1998, Laura Cockson was riding in a car with her two sisters to meet their parents for a weekend celebration in Lincoln. She died suddenly when a car whose driver was under the influence of alcohol struck the car in which she was riding. Laura was very close to her family, and treasured the time that she spent with them. She has two younger sisters and one older brother.
As a result of the incident that took the life of a beloved NU student, the University community pulled together to establish a scholarship in Laura's name. The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) coordinated students' efforts to raise money for the scholarship. In just one year of fundraising by various student organizations, including Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Gamma Sigma and several other Greek organizations, the Chancellor's Leadership Class, Student Foundation, the Innocents Society, and Campus Recreation, enough money was raised for a permanent scholarship fund.
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