Friends and family of the late Lizette Arce-Doshi (S.B. 1995) gathered at the Alpha Phi sorority house on Sept. 14 to plant a tree and formally establish an MIT scholarship fund in her memory.
Lizette Arce, a native of Brownsville, Texas, received the S.B. in 1995 in chemical engineering and married Prashant Doshi (also a 1995 graduate in chemical engineering) in 1998. As a senior, she received a Willam L. Stewart Award (given to students for outstanding contributions to extracurricular activities and events) for her work in bringing the national LeaderShape Program to MIT in 1995.
Arce-Doshi was elected class president in August 2000 following her fifth MIT reunion. At the time, she was also working for American Management Systems. She died in a car accident in September 2000.
Once endowed, the scholarship (created by the Class of 1995 and Alpha Phi) will go to disadvantaged women attending MIT who exhibit leadership and service.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 2, 2002.