2nd Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship

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Vicki Lynne 1984

Vicki Lynne 1984

Last Thursday, May 7th, another scholarship at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, AZ was given to a graduating senior in memory of my sister, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.

It’s the second one we would give in her honor. Last years recipient, Anisa Jimenez, is such an amazing young woman, and I am so blessed that our families have grown very close over the last year. I have so much to share about her and will do so in a blog to come soon!

This year’s recipient was a young man. He is an aspiring engineer student and will attend the University of Arizona in the fall. His academic accomplishments, awards, leadership roles and community service spoke greatly about his drive and spirit. When my brother, Brian, saw that he played baseball it struck a sentimental place in his heart. My sister, Carie, loved his aspiration to become an engineer, it’s what my nephew would like to do do as well. So to say this candidate was chosen on his academic accomplishments alone would be untrue.

I called him the other day to ask permission to share about him on my blog. I was curious to talk to him, and honestly less than a minute into the conversation, it took a lot to hold back the tears. He started out by telling me that he and his sister went to Homer Davis Elementary, and that his mom taught 3rd grade there for a lot of years before going back into Special Education at another school within the Flowing Wells District. He said she had actually come to Homer Davis not long after Vicki had died. And, although, we have not made any requirements that a student attend FWSD from elementary school through high school to be awarded the scholarship in memory of Vicki, it blew me away that again this year we would unknowingly pick a recipient that had. He said that he had spoken to his mom about Vicki and shared his appreciation that we would believe in him to award him this scholarship in her memory.

My mom flew down to present the award to this years winner, Nathan Syers. We are honored to help such an amazing young individual again this year. We look forward to following you as you make your dreams come true!!

Here is a video of the presentation of the 2nd Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship!

Thank you to all you who have helped our family this possible! I wish I could explain how deeply touched my heart is to honor Vicki in such a positive way and to help Nathan & Anisa make their dreams become their reality!


  1. Anne Horsey says

    I just saw the Forensics file about Little Vickie’s murder. At the end of the show, vickie’s mother, Debbie said she saw her daughter in spirit, who told her mom not to worry. My 42 year old son died 7 years ago, and He left a phone message on my phone, while I was out on the 13th of June. He said, “Hey Mom, I’m alright.” I didn’t know he had died on the 9th that same week until the following Wednesday of the 17th of June. Of course I was devastated, he was my only son and first-born child. Then about a month later, I saw his spirit in my bedroom and he was wearing his white t-shirt and jeans. It made me feel better. Just wanted to share,

  2. We need to change the rules on such a horrific… : ((( I don’t think i could ever imagine how your family feels. I have been helping raise suicidal children in high risk single parent families for over 35 years, and if you took the best out of all of their parents, you wouldn’t have a millionth of the pride and love you and your family have in you. I do not understand how our court system lets trash like this out of jail, or even lets them live a day. If you are interested, I am working on a plan to help raise money to help change laws like this and have a group that will help find children if they go missing and would love to place your daughters name on our mast head, if you feel it would be worthy. The program is designed to help create a sustainable, effortless and engaging donation solution that helps bring family, friends and communities together as we create jobs for veterans and America.

  3. It must be so devastating and horrific to lose a family member this way. If only this monster had been stopped in his tracks earlier on.