The legacy of Jess McLennan will live on in budding nurses of the future if her family and Charles Sturt University can raise enough money for a scholarship in her name.
The fund has raised more than $10,000 so far, over a third of the way to the $35,000 goal.
Once the target is reached, one student per year will be awarded a scholarship for a course in nursing – the 23-year-old’s chosen profession.
Selection will be based on a students’ commitment to their studies and how their efforts best reflect Jess’s passion for community and caring for others.
Jess’s dad Wayne McLennan was hopeful the family could continue to raise more money.
“This is a very important legacy for Jessica and for future nurses. If people unfortunately haven’t got the money to put their kids, their sons or daughters, through school,” he said. “Jess would have loved that.”
CSU faculty advancement officer Justin Williams said the fundraising so far had been driven by the family and sporting community in the Rutherglen area.
“From that, we’d hope we’d be able to start awarding a $3000 scholarship in Jess’s name,” he said.
The Charles Sturt University Foundation awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships and prizes throughout 2017.
“It’s something we take a lot of pride in connecting with our community,” Mr Williams said.
Anyone wishing to donated can visit www.csu.edu.au/give and select the “Jess McLennan memorial appeal”.