Emily Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Emily Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Emily Lang Memorial Scholarship was started in honor of Western Student Emily Lang who died tragically on a backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon the summer after her freshman year in August 2017. She died alongside her best friend Emma Place. To read more about creating the scholarship, you can view an article here: http://www.westernfrontonline.com/2018/11/20/student-memorialized-with-scholarship-friends-band-together-to-create-a-crowdsourced-memorial-scholarship/ 

Emily Lang and her best friend Emma Place
Emily Lang and Emma Place


Emily was a member of the Honors program at Western, and along with her commitment to academics, is remembered for her love of the outdoors, service in the community, and the love she showed for her friends. She was pursuing a BS in Biology with a concentration in Anthropology, and planning to enter the Peace Corps before studying to become a Physician’s Assistant. Emily was involved in volunteering with Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that inspires health and confidence in young girls through positive mentoring relationships and running.


Emily at the Oregon coast

Our goal for the scholarship is to raise $25,000, the minimum needed to create an endowment fund, which would perpetually generate interest that would serve as the scholarship offering. In this way, we can continually give back to the Western community in Emily's memory every year in the form of scholarships.

Emily volunteering in Portland with Girls on the Run


We want Emily's legacy to continue to impact Western students through a scholarship that supports incoming students to Western who reflect Emily's passions. It would fund the education of a woman in the Honors program at Western Washington University who demonstrates a passion for the outdoors and community service. Our goal is to raise enough money through the generosity of those who cared about Emily to fund a substantial scholarship that will keep her beautiful memory alive at Western. 


This scholarship was started by a group of friends Emily made during her freshman year at Western. Her personality was too big and our love for her too strong for her to ever be forgotten by us and through this memorial scholarship, we hope that her memory will impact others in a tangible way for years to come. 


This is for you Emily, we love and miss you. 



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