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Scholarship created to honor nurse Caitlyn Kaufman’s memory

So far, $16,205 has been raised to honor Caitlyn's memory. 53 people and organizations have donated money to the scholarship.

Money is coming to fund a scholarship honoring a nurse who was shot and killed on I-440 in December. The scholarship is called the Caitlyn Kaufman Legacy Nursing Scholarship at Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania.

So far, $16,205 has been raised to honor Caitlyn's memory. 53 people and organizations have donated money to the scholarship.

"Our college continues to be heartbroken. Caitlyn represented the very best of Butler County Community College,” said Dr. Nick Neupauer with Butler County Community College.

Dr. Neupauer said that Caitlyn got her associate’s degree at Butler County Community College before going to Nashville.

“I didn't know Caitlyn personally, but when looking back at some photos from a 2018 nursing pinning ceremony and Caitlyn was pointed out to me, I actually remembered Caitlyn from that picture. You could see in that picture a great smile, vibrancy, and an incredible soul,” Dr. Neupauer said.

Dr. Neupauer said Caitlyn was symbolic of the nursing program. Her mother worked at the college for several years.

"Folks are responding in an incredible way to this scholarship for Caitlyn,” Dr. Neupauer said.

Caitlyn Kaufman was on her way to work at St. Thomas West when she was shot dead.

Metro police arrested 21-year-old Devaunte Hill in the murder. Now they’re searching for a second suspect identified as 28-year-old James Cowan.

"Certainly, we want to close the loop and bring this Caitlyn situation to a close,” Dr. Neupauer said.

For the college, their focus is on praying and thinking of the family while remembering a woman known as a superstar graduate.

“Caitlyn is going to transcend time and space and her success at BC3 is going to live on from now until eternity,” Dr. Neupauer said.

The plan is for the scholarship to be awarded to a student as early as the fall 2021 semester.

This story was originally reported by WSMV in Nashville.