The following have been created by families and friends of Fallen PCVs. Some were established by the Peace Corps at the request of a volunteer’s family. Others have been created and are maintained by family and friends directly. None are specifically affiliated with the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project, aside from the Jeremiah Mack Memorial Fund. We seek to support others in our community by promoting awareness of the good work they are doing in honor of the volunteer they lost.
Jeremiah Mack Memorial Fund
Jeremiah Mack served as a construction volunteer in Niger, West Africa. For nearly two years, he worked with local masons building homes and clinics using woodless construction techniques in order to minimize desertification. Jeremiah’s characteristic big smile, sense of humor, and kindness endeared him to the Nigerians he lived and worked alongside as well as to his fellow volunteers. Funds from the Jeremiah Mack Memorial Fund will benefit Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) projects that contribute to community growth through construction and municipal development activities.
Wyatt Ammon Memorial Scholarship
Wyatt Ammon — a graduate of Dell Rapids High School — died in Zambia while serving in the Peace Corps. His path to that place was one of the ways he followed his dreams, and his family and friends want to honor his memory by helping others get closer to their dreams — however unpaved the path might be. This scholarship benefits graduating seniors from Dell Rapids public or private high schools who plan to attend an accredited college, or vocational or technical school, and demonstrate originality and interest in seeking personal challenges.
Marian Baciewicz Memorial Scholarship
Marian’s parents established this scholarship at Union College in Schenectady, New York immediately after Marian’s death. Since 1981, a scholarship has been awarded yearly to a woman at Union who embodies Marian’s ideals and vision.
Emily Balog Memorial Fund
All donations to the Emily Balog Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Paraguay.
Elizabeth Bowers Zambia Education Fund
To honor Beth, continue her work, and sustain her vision of peace and understanding, a memorial fund was created by her family and friends to educate the girls from a remote rural village in NW Zambia, where Beth served in the Peace Corps. Today, going to school is the best chance Zambian women have to take control of their lives. An educated population is essential to combat HIV/AIDS, gender inequality, and the overwhelming problems of poverty.
Cameron “Cami” Burton Memorial Fund
Cami served as a Health Volunteer in Malawi, where she worked at a local health center helping her community address malaria and preventable child and maternal deaths. She was also passionate about working with girls on empowerment issues and improving the lives of women in her community. All donations to the Cameron “Cami” Burton Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) health and education projects in Malawi.
Julia Campbell Memorial Foundation
The Julia Campbell Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Julia’s family, has partnered with the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development to sponsor scholarships that sustain Julia’s work in the Philippines.
Stephanie Chance Memorial Fund
All donations to this Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects around the world with a focus on gender, such as women’s empowerment and girls education.
Joseph Chow Memorial Fund
The Joseph Lawrence Chow Memorial Fund aims to keep Joseph’s memory alive through the promotion of the characteristics that best represented him in life. A love for learning and service were important themes throughout Joseph’s life and the JLC Memorial Fund provides support to charities and organizations who share these values.
Matthew Costa Memorial Scholarship
The Costa Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in Matt’s memory to a Tulane brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. When donating online, under “Purpose,” please select the fund,”Matthew Costa Memorial Scholarship.”
Danielle “Dani” Dunlap Memorial Fund
Donations to this fund will be used to equip and outfit the “Mama Grace Memorial Clinic” begun by Danielle; once the clinic is complete, contributions will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Ghana for improving rural health care and preventing HIV/AIDS and malaria, in furtherance of Dani’s extraordinary work.
Andrew J. Farr Memorial Fund
A native of Irmo, South Carolina, Andrew served as an Education Volunteer in Mozambique, where he taught secondary school physics. Andrew’s commitment to service began prior to his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He was a physics and math tutor at the Citadel in Charleston and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America Troop 312. All donations will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program education projects in Mozambique.
Bernice Heiderman Memorial Fund
Bernice, or ‘Bea’, taught English at the public junior high school in Salimani, on the island of Grande Comore in Comoros. She made many notable contributions and shared her love of cultural heritage. She established a Junior Exploration Club and took students on field trips to heritage sites in Comoros. She also worked closely with the National Museum of Comoros to create written descriptions for displayed artifacts. All donations to the Bernice Heiderman Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Comoros.
Tessa Horan Foundation
The Tessa Horan Foundation is devoted to furthering human rights for people challenged by oppression, disability, hunger and abuse. It was created in 2006 to honor the life of Tessa Marie Horan, who was fatally attacked by a shark on the island of Va’vau in the Kingdom of Tonga while serving in the Peace Corps. Tessa was dedicated to improving the lives and conditions of people who are under served. Her diligence inspired the creation of The Tessa Foundation.
Hanna Huntley Memorial Fund
Hanna’s passion for languages and commitment to helping women and children began long before her service. Fluent in Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian, she taught English in Hungary and Slovakia; she also lived in Romania for several months, caring for young orphans and teaching them English. All donations to the Hanna Huntley Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership youth and education projects in Armenia.
Lena Jenison Memorial Fund
All donations to the Lena Jenison Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Mozambique with a focus on science education.
Porter Knight Memorial Fund
All donations to the Porter Knight Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Paraguay that focus on the environment.
Alden Landis Memorial Fund
All donations to the Alden Landis Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Mozambique including those with an emphasis on healthcare and safety.
Robert S. Lehman Memorial Fund
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robbie Lehman served as a community heath volunteer in Tanzania. He prepared for his service by working with those living with HIV/AIDS in his community and learning Swahili on his own. All donations to the Robert S. Lehman Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Tanzania.
Cody Oser Legacy Scholarship
This scholarship creates a legacy for Cody Steven Oser who was an incredible young man. Cody, a Civil Engineering graduate from Colorado State University, died while serving in the Peace Corps in Panama on April 8, 2017. This scholarship will be for engineering students at CSU.
John D. L. Petersen Memorial Fund
John Petersen served as a small enterprise and entrepreneurship development Volunteer in Namibia. He worked at the Community Skills Development Center, where he developed close relationships with his Namibian counterparts. He is remembered as quiet and humble, always smiling, ever polite and observant. All donations will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in Namibia, to lighten the load of someone in need.
Craig Pollock Memorial Fund
All donations to this Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects in South America with a focus on Health and Education.
Kate Puzey Memorial Fund
The Kate Puzey Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory and service of Benin Volunteer, Kate Puzey. Donations to this fund will be used to support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects which focus on the empowerment and education of young girls in Benin, a cause that was very close to Kate’s heart.
David Ripley Memorial Fund
David served as a health volunteer in Rwanda. He worked at community health centers and read books to children regularly at the Kigali Reading Center. He was passionate about using technology to deliver clean water to his community, and was making great progress. All donations to the David Ripley Memorial Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program projects which focus on health in Rwanda.
The Salamatu Foundation was founded in 1996 as a memorial to Kyrstin Scharninghausen, who died while serving as a PCV in Namibia. A library and resource center was completed in Kyrstin’s village in 1999. Today, Salamatu continues to provide library resources, educational support, and teacher training in the areas of literacy and HIV/AIDS.
Shalin Shah Memorial Fund
Shalin had nearly completed his training in Peru when he became very ill, returned home, and was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. He remained close with his fellow PCVs, writing them messages of encouragement. He wore his Peace Corps hat everywhere, and became known in the hospital as “the Peace Corps Volunteer.” All donations will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program drinking water and sanitation projects in Peru.
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund
The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory and service of former United States Ambassador and returned Peace Corps Volunteer, J. Christopher Stevens, who served in Morocco. Contributions to this fund support approved community-initiated and Volunteer-led projects that build bridges between young people globally.