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Scholarship being offered in Sydney Loofe's memory

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A Nebraska organization working to fight human trafficking and promote social media safety is offering a scholarship in Sydney Loofe's memory.

The Set Me Free Project hopes to honor the legacy of the 24-year-old Lincoln woman who went missing after going on a Tinder date in November 2017 and then was found dead in early December.

"We wanted her legacy to be about helping protect others," said the organization's CEO and President Stephanie Olson.

Olson said a Neligh-Oakdale High School student contacted them for a project before Loofe's Nov. 15 disappearance, and the organization worked with the principal — who is Loofe's father, George Loofe — to arrange presentations on social media safety and information. 

Olson said a relationship with the Loofe family blossomed from there and led to the creation of the scholarship.

In May 2019, the Omaha-based nonprofit will award a Nebraska high school student the first $3,000 scholarship in Loofe’s name.

Olson hopes the recipient will not only understand Loofe's story but also see what role they can play in keeping people safe.

Applicants must apply by Feb. 15, 2019, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate plans to study sociology, criminal justice, social work or cyber safety at an institution of higher learning, according to the requirements.

Applications must also include two letters of recommendation and an essay.

For more details on the application process, visit setmefreeproject.net/sydney-with-a-y.

Olson described the scholarship as a step to honor Loofe as the cases against her accused killers, Aubrey Trial and Bailey Boswell, proceed in court.

"Just because something bad has happened to somebody (it) doesn’t define who they are," Olson said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or rjohnson@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSRileyJohnson.

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