The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship honors Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman (Stevenson, '02, sociology), who died in the January 2011 shooting that killed five others and wounded 13, including Gabrielle Giffords, a U.S. congresswoman representing the Tucson area.
Gabe Zimmerman was the first congressional staffer in history to be killed in the line of duty.
In President Barack Obama's words: "Everything Gabe Zimmerman did, he did with passion - but his true passion was people. As Gabby's outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits they had earned, that veterans got the medals and care they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks. He died doing what he loved - talking with people and seeing how he could help."
Gabe had an uncanny ability to connect with his fellow human beings and had a profound impact on all those who knew him. His story lives on in all those he touched.
The scholarship was established to support undergraduate students in the Division of Social Sciences who, like Gabe, are passionate about social issues and committed to public service.
The scholarship endowment currently provides for one award of $2,500 per year. With your help, the endowment will grow to the point where it can provide broader and deeper support to worthy students.
Thank you for your support of the Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship.