In the very short time since Karen’s death, we can only feel the grief and loss, we can only see the emptiness left. We are looking toward a time we can honor Karen’s life, doing something she would want, something to come out of this senseless tragedy. The beginnings of this hope is a way to support those going back to school to help people. At the time of Karen’s death, she was a part time student, starting to take classes in 2011. She was working toward a nursing degree, with plans to begin full time study in January 2015. She was excited about devoting more of her time to this – to finish faster. She worked full time while in school and dedicated herself to her goal. She had to borrow the money to go back full time – using the available sources like Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo student loans. She knew this was a huge risk at 44, but she couldn’t see her future without this. She loved her current work, but saw this transition into nursing as a way to help more people – to play a larger role in making people’s lives better. If we can develop resources to help others who have Karen’s goals, and Karen’s circumstances, we cant imagine a better way to honor her memory. The Karen Pearce Scholarship will be continue Karen’s hopes.