Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship

July 17, 2019

Esmeralda Isabel Villavicencio González has been selected by the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology to receive the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship.

This award is made possible by the generosity of donors to the Division of Life Sciences.

Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
When Hanson passed away in 2012, her friends Courtney Cochran, Sarah Ellenbogen and Jennifer Bogan raised $25,000 to dedicate a bench at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in honor of the former MCDB graduate. That successful experience inspired them to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship that would extend Hanson’s legacy by awarding a $5000 scholarship to a student each year, chosen by a committee of faculty and donors. This award honors a female undergraduate who exemplifies the positive traits that Kristen embodied, which include not only academic accomplishment and a passion for science, but also well-rounded interests, leadership, originality and commitment to engage with the world.

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Previous Recipient of the Kristen Hanson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Laila Sathe
Pagé Goddard