Memorial scholarship awarded in name of teen killed while interning for the city

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Fifteen years ago, 18-year-old Evan Sears was killed in a traffic accident while working on a street project.

A memorial scholarship was given in his name Friday to Savannah Wunderlich.

Savannah is a junior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in environmental engineering

She is also an intern this summer with the department of engineering

The scholarship is open to any student who has an internship with the city for at least one summer. To apply, interns had to write an essay about workplace safety

And it was Savannah's essay that stood out most to Evan’s mother.

“One of the things that very much touched me in her essay was that after learning about Evan and learning the way in which he lost his life,” said Marci Sears. “It caused her to have an even greater personal commitment to safety both in the work place and her day to day life.”

“I just think that it's amazing that she was able to use her loss and use Evan's memory to spread this message and it really struck me as a really neat thing,” Wunderlich said.

The scholarship is to help raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety.

Savannah won a $750 check

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