Edgemont resident Danielle Brody, an aspiring journalist and University of Delaware student, has won a $3,000 scholarship that honors another young woman from Westchester who attended the same school but whose college career was cut short when she was raped and murdered in May 2005.
White Plains resident Lindsey Marie Bonistall was killed in her off-campus apartment, and her mother, Kathleen Bonistall, has become an advocate for increasing safety for students who live off-campus.
The award will be applied to Brody’s tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year, when she will be a senior communication major.
In a letter explaining why Brody was picked for the award, her professors wrote: “We chose you for this award because you aren’t afraid to write challenging stories, throw yourself into crazy assignments (ok that might be just for my classes) and are generally a great person. Lindsey’s mom describes her daughter as an outgoing student who had a kind word for everyone and we think you embody that spirit,” they wrote.
Brody, 20, interned at the Journal News/LoHud in summer 2012. She is active in her college newspaper and was managing news editor in the fall before spending her spring semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain.
“We are very proud that Danielle won this award and wanted to share the news. It is very sad that Lindsey’s life is the reason for the award to exist,” said her father, Alan Brody.