Family and friends established the Jennifer A. Russo Memorial Scholarship in May 2005 to support students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This fund honors Jennifer A. Russo as an exceptional, courageous and loving young woman.
Jennifer Alison Russo was born on May 22, 1983, in Silver Spring, Maryland, and she died on August 25, 2004. At the time of her death, she was beginning her third year at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, majoring in Environmental Sciences. She was the recipient of a University Dean's Scholarship and also further supported by generous scholarships from her College. Her other areas of academic interest, before deciding on this major, included mathematics and veterinary medicine. Jennifer had been asked to be a Student Ambassador in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and she was looking forward to doing so.
Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Jennifer was educated at various Montgomery County schools, including The Center for the Highly Gifted at Cold Spring Elementary School in Potomac; the Science, Math, and Computer Science Magnet Program at Takoma Park Middle School; and the International Baccalaureate Program of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. In addition to her academic pursuits, Jennifer excelled in music, drama, and athletics. She played piano, acted, and sang. She had leading roles in numerous school and community musicals and Shakespeare productions; in community and national honor choirs; and she performed as a member of the Children's Chorus in the 1998 Washington Opera's production of "Boris Godunov". She ran track for her high school team and by her sophomore year was considered one of the top runners in the state. She loved the outdoors and was an avid rock climber, a sport she began at the age of 10 and which she pursued with a passion the rest of her life, including her years at the University. She won many rock climbing competitions. She wrote poetry and prose, and several of her articles appeared in "The Diamondback."
Although Jennifer, in her short life, left her mark as a scholar, an athlete, a writer and a musician, the quality she most valued, and which defines her legacy the most, was her ability to get along with people and her generous heart. She was regarded as a truly kind and gentle young person, who put the concerns and feelings of others before her own. In order to honor this exceptional, courageous, and loving young woman, her family and friends established, through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to support student scholarships at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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