KSS Scholarship

Almost $60,000. has been raised

Three KSS scholarships were awarded for the 2017-18 School year.


Cassandra Vasquez- A senior at Manteca High School in Manteca, who hopes to study architectural engineering at the university of southern california.

Alana Johnson- A senior at Arroyo Grande High School who hopes to study pre-law with an emphasis on criminal justice at Cal state San Marcos.

Yelena Ramirez -A senior at Venture Academy in Stockton, California. She plans to study Criminal Justice at Cal State San Bernardino.

All applicants were without question highly deserving making it a very difficult to select only three awardees. We are confident that the young women selected by our committee are each worthy and deserving. We know the KSS scholarships will help each of them as they pursue their educational and career goals. We are proud to honor them and know that their successes carry Kristin's dreams forward. 


Thank you to all who continue to hold Kristin in their hearts.

Your financial support helps deserving young women PURSUE

educational and career goals denied to Kristin.

We know without question that Kristin

would be honored by your generosity and support.

Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
— Kristin's favorite motto

On May 25, 1996, Kristin Smart was abducted from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Our hearts are forever broken and our lives will never be the same since that fateful Memorial Day Weekend. The Justice for Kristin fund was originally established to help raise money for a reward that would encourage others to come forward, help law enforcement return Kristin, and allow our family to lay her to rest in the presence of those who love her.

After 21 years without answers or justice, we are embarking on a new path to honor Kristin's life, spirit, and ambitions. Law enforcement has not given up, nor have our family’s hopes and prayers. Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare, but the long fight for justice and answers has been an agony no family should have to endure. The heartache, the frustrations, the setbacks and disappointments have been a part of our everyday life. Kristin loved the dawn of each new day but always had a plan for the future. Sadly, her opportunity to live those dreams was violently taken away, we now have an opportunity to let her dreams and aspiration live on.   Through the Kristin Smart Scholarship her memory will live on and we can help other young women pursue their dreams.

A new and positive focus allows us to remember the sparkle in her eyes, the smile that  melted hearts, her dreams, and ambitions that were always on the table.  We know she would be honored to know that she is helping other young women reach their dreams. Your support and donation allows us to cherish our memories of Kristin with the knowledge that her dreams and ambitions  will live on, that her life continues to have meaning and she will be remembered. Giving back to the communities whose support has never wavered is an added bonus for our family.

The Kristin Smart Scholarship celebrates her life, hopes, dreams and ambitions – by empowering other young women to pursue their ambitions in Kristin's name. Thank you for your understanding and support, there is no greater acknowledgement of Kristin's life than allowing us to give back in her name !
-Stan & Denise Smart and family




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