The education and empowerment
of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
— Aung San Suu Kyi

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

Funded by the nonprofit organization Justice for Kristin, the Kristin Smart Scholarship is a way to celebrate and remember Kristin’s life, hopes, dreams and ambitions – by financially helping other young women realize theirs.

Nothing is more important to our family than keeping Kristin’s memory alive and knowing that her life continues to have meaning. We will award monetary scholarships to female students from San Luis Obispo and San Joaquin Counties, whose interests are close to our hearts – and Kristin’s. Our goal is to minimally award $2,100.  scholarships annually for 10 years.

The recipient will ideally be interested in one of the following pursuits.

  1. A degree in law enforcement and/or forensic science. These two vital fields will help make communities safer and/or bring criminals to justice. Our hope is that a woman's perspective in crucial cases will help solve cases and that no other family will have to endure 21 years without answers or justice .

  2. An architecture student interested in green spaces and community planning. Kristin had a keen and unique interest in architecture, travel and learning from and about others. We would like to support someone with similar interests and ambitions. A young woman who hopes to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place.

  3. A student with an interest in international relations and building inclusive global communities.  Someone with an interest in helping others understand, value and appreciate the many cultures, religions, languages, economic groups from around the world.

Kristin's family and the Kristin Smart Scholarship Committee look forward to helping young women pursue their personal hopes, dreams , ambitions and impact the world in much the same way Kristin had hoped to.

Thank you in advance.  We are grateful for your support and know that Kristin would be equally humbled and honored knowing that her voice and dreams will now be realized, albeit by the success and ambitions of other young women.

Donate to the Kristin Smart Scholarship, click here.


Application information for this scholarship will be available February 1st, 2018. The actual amount of the scholarship will be dependent on fundraising efforts. The goal is for the first scholarship to be awarded in May of 2018.


Kristin receiving her high school diploma from Lincoln High School, 1995.

Kristin receiving her high school diploma from Lincoln High School, 1995.