Mercyhurst College has established the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Dance Scholarship in honor of the junior dance major whose tragic death the college community continues to mourn.
You can contribute to the scholarship online
The college is making bus transportation available to students to attend Jenni-Lyn’s funeral Wednesday near her hometown of Liverpool, N.Y. Mercyhurst President Dr. Tom Gamble will attend, along with a number of administrators, faculty and staff.
The college community came together to mourn Jenni-Lyn in a special service Sunday evening in Christ the King Chapel. College officials are also working with the Watson family in hopes of holding a memorial service on campus after the first of the year, at which they can be present.
Meanwhile, the memorial space outside the Zurn Hall danceSpace studios is filling with tributes to Jenni-Lyn. Cards and messages left there will be forwarded to the Watson family. Stuffed animals will be donated to the Onondaga County sheriff's deputies for use in cases involving young children. The Mercyhurst Dancers are also selling green ribbon pins with Jenni-Lyn's initials for $1 apiece; proceeds will be donated to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.