Wherry Named Remembrance Scholar

Melissa Wherry '18

Melissa Wherry '18

October 27, 2017
  
As a means to honor 35 students who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Remembrance Scholarships were founded. Remembrance Scholars are chosen in their junior year through a highly competetive process. Of the 35 Remembrance Scholarship recipients, three are majoring in Psychology. See what Tori Cedar '18 had to say about the impact that receiving the scholarship has made in her education, professional, and personal life. Psychology major Mel Wherry ‘18 shared how receiving the Remembrance Scholarship has been one of the most transformative experiences during her time at Syracuse University.

“I believe the Remembrance message of look back, act forward truly highlights my feeling towards terrorism, specifically in reference to Pan Am 103, where we are still 30 years later, trying to make sense and also within the context of recent terrorist attacks. Applying to be a Remembrance Scholar has been something I have been passionate about since I was first brought to tears seeing the chairs on the quad freshman year. September 11, 2001 shattered the commuter community in NJ, where I grew up, and left me with an anger that I have channeled into a positive force for change. As a Remembrance Scholar, I am able to perpetuate the action of continually taking time to honor the individual and not the terrorist, within our SU community and beyond. I can truly say being a part of the Remembrance Scholar program this year has been one of, if not, the most transformative of my experiences here at Syracuse University. I will continue to look back and act forward in memory of Nicole Elise Boulanger, as well as in the face of everyday forms of terrorism I confront.” - Mel Wherry