Joyce LaLonde of Albion is Remembrance Scholar at Syracuse
University picks 35 students annually in memory of students killed in Lockerbie terrorist bombing
SYRACUSE – On Dec. 21, 1988 Syracuse University suffered a huge loss when 35 students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were killed when their plane was bombed.
The students were among 270 killed with the terrorist attack of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Syracuse University continues to honor and remember those 35 students. This past week was remembrance week at Syracuse and it was capped with a service on Friday at The Place of Remembrance in honor of the fallen students.
Joyce LaLonde of Albion is one of this year’s Remembrance Scholars, who all receive $5,000 scholarships. The Remembrance Scholars are picked in a rigorous review by the university.
LaLonde, a senior policy studies and public relations major, received her scholarship in honor of Frederick “Sandy” Phillips.
The scholars had to write three essays as part of a comprehensive application, and finalists were interviewed by members of the selection committee, composed of university faculty, staff and current Remembrance Scholars.
The $5,000 scholarships are awarded on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship and service to the community.
LaLonde, 21, is vice president of the student association which represents about 15,000 students. She is also on the board of Nourish International, which is based in North Carolina. She has attended humanitarian trips to Uganda on behalf of Nourish.
LaLonde was back in Albion on Saturday for the “Orchard Walk for the Cure” in honor of people battling cancer. Many of LaLonde’s friends from Syracuse joined her for the trip.
Joyce’s mother, Kathy LaLonde, died from breast cancer at age 54 on Oct. 6, 2013. Joyce has followed her parents – Kathy and Steven LaLonde – by attending Syracuse.