Delores Evans, mother of murdered Emory student Jennifer Lea Evans '94Ox-'96C, said that she hopes the Jennifer Lea Evans Award will inspire young people to strive for some of the same goals that Jennifer strove for during her lifetime; compassion, determination and hard work.
Evans spoke at at a press conference on March 26 announcing the creation of the Evans award, which will be given annually beginning in 1997 to a rising senior in the College who has taken a heavy concentration in science coursework and who demonstrates a love of working with children, as did Jennifer Evans. Initially, the award will be $1,000.
Mike Carey and Lou Thurston, media relations officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department, presented Emory with a check for $16,100 to establish the Evans award. They spearheaded a state-wide effort in Virginia to raise money for the award. Bill Fox, vice president for Institutional Advancement, accepted the check for Emory. Future contributions for the award may be dircted to The Jennifer Evans Memorial Award, Oxford College.
Jennifer Evans was slain on June 19, 1995, in Virginia Beach while vacationing there.