By Bill Shields

BOSTON (CBS) – Two college students have a new connection to a marathon bombing victim’s legacy of kindness after they were named winners of the Krystle Campbell Scholarship at UMass.

“We were especially saddened to know that a beloved member of our community was taken from us,” said UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley.

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Campbell attended UMass Boston and studied business. A scholarship was named in her honor after she was killed in the attacks at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013.

On Monday, the scholarship’s first two recipients were named.

Both Eva Leibbrandt and Charmagne Loyola have almost perfect grades.

Eva Leibbrandt receives Krystle Campbell Scholarship (WBZ-TV)

Eva Leibbrandt receives Krystle Campbell Scholarship (WBZ-TV)

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They didn’t know Krystle, but they know what she stood for.

“I learned she was an incredibly caring, nice, thoughtful, supporting individual and I know she would have done such amazing things with her life,” Leibbrandt said.

The scholarship will award thousands of dollars to students who excel in their studies and already Krystle is inspiring those who received the money.

“It really hit close to home because Krystle Campbell and I had a lot of similarities and this means a lot to me because I really want to do good in her honor, especially in her name,” Loyola said.

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The scholarship is already up to $500,000 and they are hoping to hit a million.

Bill Shields