The Sydney Elizabeth Owens Memorial Award has been established by her family and friends to remember Sydney. At UVA, she was an Echols Scholar, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and sailed around the world in her third year through the Semester at Sea program. Sydney lived on The Lawn during her fourth year and graduated with honors in 2009. Following graduation, she traveled to Tanzania to teach in an elementary school and explore many of the wonders of Africa. Sydney then moved to Denver, where she lived until her death.
This award will support a current first-, second- or third-year student who has designed with faculty approval or input, a transformative experience. The recipient will define a creative but workable experience that spans a summer or a semester. The experience can be domestic or international. The amount of the award for 2018 is $6,000.