Olivia Raya

Energetic, bubbly, sincere

Child of Louis and Sylvia

Sibling of Raquel and Sara

Who loved Tony, her nephew and nieces, jewelry, shopping,

Family, friends, holidays, and partying!

Who was caring, nurturing, and a friend to all

Who felt needed and loved

Who needed family, education, independence, and to be successful

Who gave of herself through volunteering, friendship, and love

Who feared being alone, disagreements, and carbohydrates

Who wanted family get togethers and yearned to travel

Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund

Olivia’s Story

Olivia Raya was a bright, beautiful young woman who was treasured by her friends and loved by her family. Through her hard work and determination, Olivia achieved a great accomplishment: she received a Bachelor of Organizational Communication degree at Rockhurst University’s mid-year commencement ceremony Dec. 14, 2002. She earned her degree while working full time at Blue Cross Blue Shield and volunteering at Catholic Charities. Olivia was delighted to receive a 5-year pin in recognition of her service. This was supposed to be Olivia’s first step in achieving her goals in life. Tragically, one week after she received her degree, Olivia's life was taken.

The Scholarship

Olivia’s parents, Sylvia and Louis Raya, are proud of their daughter’s accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom. They decided to honor her memory with a scholarship to assist deserving women of Latino heritage. The Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund will assist other young women to achieve their dreams of higher education. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young woman who has many of the traits that made Olivia so remarkable — someone who is caring, intelligent, loving and giving.

How to Contribute

If you would like to help fulfill Olivia’s legacy, please consider making a contribution.

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to:

Carrie Madden
Director of Advancement

Office of University Advancement
Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund
Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561