BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Family members of a Boston University graduate student killed in the Boston Marathon bombings are making five of the 15 marathon spots they were given available to members of the BU community, the school said on Thursday.
Boston University said Thursday that Lu Lingzi’s parents Applicants have until the end of the day Feb. 7 to submit written statements or videos explaining what running the marathon in her honor would mean to them. The other 10 spots will go to people chosen by the family.
Money raised will benefit the Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund, which gives two graduate students an annual stipend and tuition for up to two years. The fund already has raised more than $1 million.
“BU is dear to our heart,” said Helen Zhao, Lu’s aunt. “The family wants to continue to support BU and Lingzi’s scholarship, hoping more students can benefit from it to pursue their dreams.”
There also will be teams running in honor of people badly injured in the bombings. The marathon is April 21.
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