13th Annual Evan J. Sears scholarship awarded Friday

South Bend, Ind. It's been nearly 14 years since a young man lost his life on the job. But his family and the City of South Bend have kept his memory alive.

The victim's mother, Marci Sears, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, presented the 13th Annual Evan J. Sears scholarship Friday afternoon to Alkeyna Aldridge and Will Connors.

Evan was interning with the city, when he was killed in a traffic accident while working on a street project during the summer of 1999. His mother set up the scholarship in honor of her son to make sure he's never forgotten.

Any student who interns with the City of South Bend for at least one summer can apply by writing an essay about safety in the workplace.

“Take proper precautions before you go out on the job it's really sort of a mindset that you have to have every day, every moment,” says Will Connors.

“I wanted to really reflect on personal accountability and how important that is to just be more aware, to be cognitive of our surroundings, and just personal habit, and making sure we're always safe out there,” says Alkeyna Aldridge.

This is only the second year that two applicants have been chosen for the award. Each recipient gets $750 to go toward furthering their education.

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