Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Couey Award Fund

I just learned today of the Mary Couey Award Fund at the University of Georgia. You may remember that my friend and co-worker Mary was killed last spring by a drunk driver, about 20 minutes after she dropped me off at my house one night. Mary was a good and inspirational friend to many, and I think it's fitting that an scholarship is being developed in her name at the University of Georgia, her alma mater.

Here's what's written on the promotional flyer:

Mary Couey was tragically killed by a drunk driver in March 2009. A 1999 graduate of Berkmar High School, Mary went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Georgia in 2005. She was employed as a tax software developer at Drake Software in Franklin, North Carolina.

Mary's beauty went so deep and her smiles so far that to know her was to become a part of her forever. She was the kind of person who, just knowing her, gave life meaning. She was always there to help solve a problem, offer encouragement, or just make you laugh. Our world is a better place because of her and her beloved spirit will be with us always. Please help us spread her passion for life by giving other the chance to follow in Mary's footsteps with the first ever computer science scholarship at the University of Georgia.

In her memory, the Mary Couey Award Fund will be established by family and friends. The fund will provide financial support to deserving undergraduate students majoring in computer science. There will be a preference shown for organ transplant recipients/donors and their families.

At this point, Mary's family and friends and the school are in the process of raising money for this scholarship. I encourage you to donate to this very worthy cause in memory of Mary. To do so, visit The Mary Couey Award Fund website. Your donation, of course, is tax deductible. More information is available at the site.

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