Brother of slaying victim receives memorial scholarship

The brother of one of the four University of Idaho students killed in an off-campus attack in November has received a $5,000 memorial scholarship.

Hunter Chapin, left, and Ethan Chapin

Hunter Chapin, a U of I student, is the first recipient of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Ethan Chapin Memorial Scholarship.

Like his brother, Hunter Chapin is a member of Sigma Chi.

“It makes me feel so happy to see that Sigma Chis around the world honor and care for the undergraduates,” Chapin said in a foundation news release. “We are very fortunate to be able to keep Ethan’s legacy through this scholarship for the rest of the Gamma Eta chapter’s days.”

Chapin received the scholarship during a dinner ceremony Wednesday.

“I can’t think of a more deserving and appropriate first recipient of this scholarship than Brother Hunter,” said foundation president and general counsel John Price. “Our entire fraternity was profoundly saddened by this senseless loss of Ethan and the three other students. But with this inaugural award, we are creating a positive act in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy.”

The stabbing victims — Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Wash.; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls; and Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene — were killed in an off-campus house on Nov. 13. Bryan Kohberger, a Washington State University graduate student, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slayings.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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