Caring Perugia Sets Up A Scholarship To Commemorate Meredith And Offer A Kind Gesture To Her Family

We previously posted this report on the Mayor of Perugia, Wladimiro Boccali, and how he reflects the city’s still caring for Meredith.

Now we have this report from UPI that he and the city council and the School for Foreigners have created a scholarship for Meredith.

ROME, Nov. 3 (UPI)—A scholarship has been set up in the memory of a British exchange student found murdered three years ago in central Italy, officials said.

Perugia and the city’s University for Foreigners said the scholarship would honor the life of Meredith Kercher, the ANSA news agency reported.

‘‘Meredith Kercher was here, our guest, to study and we want to remember her as a young student,’’ Mayor Wladimiro Boccali said Tuesday, the third anniversary of the day she was found with her throat cut…

‘‘Perugia wants a tangible sign to remain from her coming here,” Boccali said. ‘‘I think Meredith should be considered one of us and, as such, she should find a place in the city’s shared memory, with a thought also for her devastated family.’‘

Murders are extremely rare in Perugia so they affect the whole city deeply. The city council has also tried its best to be helpful to the family and encourage the search in the Sonia Marra case.

Sonia also was a visiting student.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/03/10 at 04:14 PM in

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By Storm Roberts (Innai)

What a wonderful way to remember Meredith.

Amongst other things, Meredith was a diligent scholar and, of course, the reason she was in Perugia was to study at the University thus it seems to me that this is an excelent and positive way to remember her.

Thank you to the Mayor and People of Perugia and the School of Foreigners.

Posted by Nolongeramember on 11/03/10 at 05:04 PM | #

A highly commendable and enduring tribute to a remarkable young lady by the Mayor and Citizens of Perugia.

Thank you.

Posted by Badger on 11/03/10 at 05:15 PM | #

Such a good news, a wonderful way to keep Meredith’s name alive and part of thie city she loved.

That will be a long lasting tribute, not like these “movies” that are just surfing the wave to make money.

Posted by Patou on 11/03/10 at 05:21 PM | #


Oh this is marvelous!

Posted by Hopeful on 11/03/10 at 05:29 PM | #

“A tangible sign.” Like the flowers left by our own SomeAlibi. Wonderful news, Pete. Thanks for sharing!!!

Posted by Earthling on 11/03/10 at 09:40 PM | #

Finally! An official, public gesture that is a respectful and fitting response to the brutal taking of her life. I hope this way of honoring Meredith’s memory brings some measure of enduring comfort to her family and friends.

Posted by wayra on 11/04/10 at 05:02 AM | #

Really glad to see this scholarship set up. Hopefully it will be the start of some emotional healing for the city and of course, Meredith’s family.

Posted by Kazwell on 11/04/10 at 08:33 AM | #
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