Scholarship at NAU honors life of Kayla Mueller, Prescott native killed by ISIS

Posted at 10:57 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 13:49:35-04

A scholarship at Northern Arizona University honors the memory of an alumna whose life ended only a few years after graduation.

Kayla Mueller finished her studies in 2009, leaving Flagstaff to pursue humanitarian causes around the world. The Prescott native was captured in 2013 while working for Doctors Without Borders in Syria by the terrorist group ISIS.

A new video uncovered by ABC News details a ten-second recording sent to Mueller's parents as proof of life during the group's demand for more than $6 million in exchange for her release.

Mueller was later killed while still in ISIS custody. Her impact on the world at such a young age inspired faculty at NAU to launch the scholarship in her name.

"To have that sort of bravery be extinguished in the world, it shocked all of us," said Anne Morgan, who co-created the scholarship. "To look around at other students who are just like Kayla, who want to do those kinds of things in the world and make a huge difference, this seems like a great way to honor her."

Those who wish to donate to the scholarship can do so through a page set up by the university.