We lost a great friend on April 25, 2014 when Kris Kishore died. Kris brought many alumni together during our time at the University of Virginia and many Charlottesville residents in the years since graduation. To honor Kris’s memory and continue his legacy of friendship, several friends from near and far—with the blessing and support of Kris’s wife, Katie, and sister Rekha—are leading an effort to establish a scholarship in Kris’s memory that we are affectionately calling “The Kishore.”
In the end, the money we raise is simply a means to a much larger end: To honor Kris’s memory, by helping others and maintaining the community of friendship that Kris created. We hope you will help us create this legacy.
Rising third-year student Stefan Lizarzaburu has been awarded the 2020 Kishore Scholarship.
Lizarzaburu is from Yorktown, VA and majoring in psychology. Throughout his time at UVA he has demonstrated a passion for building community, fostering connections, and serving others through his roles as a leader, mentor, resident advisor, tour guide, and tutor. He continually seeks out opportunities that allow him to uplift, educate, and empower others. Said one of his nominators, “He cares so much about leading the younger generations toward their own paths in a way that makes them feel safe and important.”
As a second-year, Lizarzaburu participated in the Latinx Leadership Institute (LLI), where he explored ways to empower the Latinx community through identity-centered activism and structural change. After engaging with marginalized students, he worked with faculty, staff, and students in the creation of the Latinx Student Center in Newcomb Hall. A peer notes that Lizarzaburu “humbly and selflessly worked hours upon hours to ensure that those who would come after him in the Hispanic/Latinx community would have a safe space to grow and thrive.” He has continued his involvement with the LLI recently being elected Executive Director for 2020–21.
Among his peers in the University Guide Service, Lizarzaburu is recognized as a role model and leader, known for giving tours in his “authentic,” “introspective,” and sometimes “goofy” style, and mentoring other students in how to address the University’s complex history. As a course facilitator for INST 1605, he organized discussions, lectures, and guest speakers to present that history to a broader UVA audience.
Lizarzaburu also works as a research assistant in the Psychology department’s Emotions and Behavior Lab and writes a music column for the Cavalier Daily Arts and Entertainment section.
Lizarzaburu was selected from among a field of more than 71 candidates, nominated by students and faculty this spring. The Kishore Scholarship Trustees interviewed an inspiring group of finalists this April via videoconference. The COVID crises cancelled this year’s K-Fest, an annual gathering in remembrance and celebration of Kris Kishore and the community he created. The Scholarship Committee and Kris’s family and friends look forward to celebrating in April 2021.