The scholarship will be awarded by the Italian embassy in London to British students willing to study at the Perugia’s University for Foreigners.
Wladimiro Boccali, the mayor, said that "The city wants to honour Meredith, whose memory is now inextricably linked with Perugia, so it is right to have a scholarship in her name”.
A mass will also be celebrated by the University chaplain tomorrow to commemorate Meredith, in the 5th anniversary of her death. “It remains a great wound in citizens' consciences, it is a dark spot and a loss that we are unable to rationalize, to find a logical reason for'', Father Bromuri commented.
Miss Kercher’s body was found on November 2, 2007 in her home in the Italian city, which she shared with Amanda Knox, an American student, and others. Miss Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had been convicted of the murder, but then acquitted in an appeals trial in 2010. The only person in jail for the crime is Rudy Guede, serving a 16-year sentence.
Stephanie Kercher, Meredith’s sister, was given the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards last Tuesday. “Since the death of her sister Meredith five years ago, Stephanie remains an inspiring figure of strength and support. Most impressive of all is her single-minded desire to ensure her sister isn't forgotten and to make sure her personality shines through any projects she undertakes", Cosmopolitan editor Louise Court explained.
Mr Sollecito wrote and published his version of this sad story in a memoir, Honour Bound, and a book by Miss Knox is due next year.