In life Carrie Varlan smiled often and enjoyed helping others, especially children. In death Carrie continues to make a difference in the lives of other students. Her memory is honored through a recently established endowment and the Carrie Varlan Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial support for a second-year, second-semester dental hygiene student at Indiana University Northwest with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
When she passed away on Jan. 3, 2000 Carrie was an honor student in her second year studying dental hygiene at the university. According to her Aunt, Starr Stoces, she most enjoyed working with children in the community with whom she would meet during trips to elementary schools teaching about proper oral hygiene.
"It is our dream that this gift will honor her memory. An education is something no one could ever take away from you, just as our sunshine will always live in our hearts. Carrie will never be forgotten," said Stoces.
The scholarship fund has had four recipients since 2001. The endowment was created in August 2004 and ultimately, the fund will have at least $160,000 in gifts to support students in dental hygiene.
For more information, please contact the Division of University Advancement at(219) 980-6800.