On November 22, 2003, UND student Dru Sjodin was abducted from Grand Forks. In the ensuing months more than 2,000 friends, students, family, community members, and even strangers from across the nation gathered in Grand Forks to search for Dru.
On April 17, 2004, volunteers and law enforcement finally brought Dru home to her family. One week later more than 1,500 people paid their respects as Dru was laid to rest in Minnesota.
As a UND student, Dru’s warm and vibrant personality showed itself through her creativity and campus involvement. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in visual art while active in The Clothesline Project and other campus activities that promoted women’s safety and violence prevention. Dru was also a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
The Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship was established through the UND Foundation in loving memory of Dru’s vibrant spirit with the intention of turning grief into triumph.