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Local Iranian-Canadians, UBC start scholarship in honour of Iran plane crash victims

Last Updated Jan 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm PDT

The four UBC students killed in the Iran crash were (top L) Niloofar Razzaghi, (top R) Zeynab Asadi Lari, (bottom L) Dr. Mehran Abtahi and (bottom R) Mohammadhossein Asadi Lari. Nikitha Martins, NEWS 1130 Photo Collage
Summary

UBC and the local Iranian-Canadian community putting together a scholarship in memory of Iran plane crash

Four of the crash victims had ties to the university

The Iranian community has raised $10,000, and the school will provide $50,000

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — UBC and the local Iranian-Canadian community is putting together a scholarship in memory of the people who died in last week’s plane crash, including the members of UBC.

The school’s President says the new Iranian Student Memorial Award will help memorialize those lost by providing new opportunities for students to flourish and succeed at UBC.

Four students, some who had graduated, died when the Ukrainian jetliner was shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

The Iranian Student Memorial Award will provide one Iranian student with $2,400 each year to help cover tuition.

The Iranian community has raised $10,000, and the school will provide $50,000.

The four UBC students included in the crash were Dr. Mehran Abtahi and Niloofar Razzaghi, and siblings Zeynab Asadi Lari and Mohammadhossein Asadi Lari.

According to the university last June Abtahi joined UBC as a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of civil engineering.

Razzaghi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Math in 2010 and completed another Bachelors in Education two years ago.

Mohammadhossein graduated in the same year as Razzaghi with a Bachelor of Science in cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences. He graduated with an honours standing.

Zeynab was a student in 2016 working on a Bachelor of Science program, with a biology major.

UBC is one of several Canadian universities to create a scholarship in the wake of the tragedy.