The family of a Winthrop University student who died the day before her graduation in December has established a scholarship for college students in her memory.
Anna Marie Hurst, 21, died in her sleep last year at her family’s home in Rock Hill.
At Winthrop, she earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences and was active with the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Hurst was born and raised in Rock Hill and graduated from Northwestern High School where she was a cheerleader.
The Anna Marie Hurst Memorial Scholarship will offer help to Winthrop students who major in elementary education, early childhood education, or family and consumer sciences. First preference will be given to students from South Carolina and members of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
Hurst loved to work with children and was known for her work at Carolina Kids Child Development Center in Rock Hill.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to honor Anna than to help someone else walk in her footsteps and succeed after graduation,” said her mother, Melanie Myers Hurst.
The scholarship is “exactly what Anna would want,” said her aunt, Rebecca Myers.
“Anna always helped other people, especially children,” Myers said, “and this scholarship will help continue the life’s work that she didn’t get to finish.”
To make a gift to the Anna Marie Hurst Memorial Scholarship, go to winthropalumni.com/hurst.
Call Winthrop’s office of development at 803-323-2150 for more information about making a gift to Winthrop.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068