Letter From Olivia's Parents

Our daughter, Olivia Raya, graduated December 14, 2002 from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor's of Organizational Communication. She accomplished this working full-time for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and volunteering at Catholic Charities. We are proud of Olivia and her determination to set a fine example for her family, friends, and herself. Tragically, one week after graduating, on December 21, 2002, Olivia's meaningful but short life ended! We will never know how much more Olivia would have accomplished.

Olivia was a very important, beautiful, young woman, whose life journey ended at the age of twenty-six. God's plan was to call Olivia to His Kingdom. She was treasured by her friends and loved by her family. Her smile reached out to many people, including co-workers, charities, and strangers. Through hard work and determination, her greatest accomplishment was fulfilled when she received her college degree from Rockhurst University. This was supposed to be Olivia's first step in achieving her goals in life. We know we will never forget who Olivia was, how she inspired all who knew her, and had she lived, would have continued inspiring and helping others.

That's why we are asking you to make a contribution to help grow The Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is in remembrance of someone very special who was determined, selfless, and strove to put herself through school. The scholarship helps fulfill a desire of Olivia's, to make a positive impact on the world.

Olivia was proud of her heritage. The Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund at Rockhurst University assists other young women of Latino descent achieve their dream of higher education. The scholarship is awarded annually to a young woman who has many of the traits that made Olivia so remarkable - caring, intelligent, loving, and giving.

The recipients are individuals deserving of this award, a tribute to Olivia's great accomplishments!

If you would like to support Olivia's legacy, please consider making a contribution of $50 or any amount.

For more information regarding your tax-deductible contribution to The Olivia Raya Scholarship Fund, please contact:

Carrie Madden
Director of Advancement

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

We are all so proud of Olivia. Please help us honor her memory by assisting other young women like Olivia to make a difference in this world.


Sylvia and Louis Raya
Olivia's parents