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 Kristin’s life, hopes, dreams and ambitions – by empowering other young women to pursue theirs.

There is nothing more important to us than keeping Kristin’s memory alive and knowing that her life continues to have meaning. We will award monetary scholarships to college-bound female students from San Luis Obispo, Sutter and San Joaquin Counties, whose interests are close to our hearts – and to Kristin’s. Our goal is to minimally award a $2,000. scholarship for at least ten years to a deserving young woman each year from one of these counties above.

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 studying abroad. Kristin had a keen and unique interest in architecture, travel and learning 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.

Our family looks forward to helping selected young women pursue their personal hopes, ambitions and impact the world in Kristin’s name.

Donate to the Kristin Smart Scholarship, click here.


Information and applications for this scholarship will be available on January 1, 2018. The amount of the scholarship will be dependent on fundraising efforts. The goal is for the first scholarship to be awarded in April of 2018.


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

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