Scholarship created as anniversary of Paige Stalker's slaying nears

Grosse Pointe Farms teen kille Dec. 22 on Detroit's east side

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. – A scholarship is being created in memory of a 16-year-old suburban Detroit girl who was fatally shot last year.

Seniors at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods decided to create the scholarship honoring Paige Stalker, who would have graduated from the school this May.

The Paige Stalker Scholarship is the senior class gift of her classmates.

Jennifer Stalker says in a statement Tuesday that it's "a very special way" to honor her daughter's memory as the anniversary of her death approaches.

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Police said the Grosse Pointe Farms teen was in a parked car Dec. 22 with friends on Detroit's east side when a man opened fire, killing her. No charges have been brought. Stalker's family has joined others dealing with similar tragedies, going door-to-door to help solve cases.

Those interested in donated to the scholarship can contact Kelley Hamilton at khamilton@uls.org or at 313-884-4444.

Full statement from the University Liggett School on scholarship

Seniors at University Liggett School will honor and remember fellow classmate Paige Stalker by creating a scholarship in her name.

Paige Stalker would have graduated from University Liggett School this May. Her fellow students from the class of 2016 voted to create the Paige Stalker Scholarship as their senior class gift. Each year, members of the senior class vote on a collective legacy gift to the school.

This year they overwhelmingly decided to honor Paige. The annual scholarship will support the education of students who, like Paige, are bright and community-minded, and who will have a positive impact on the school.

“Paige was a passionate, hard-working student who dreamed of being a doctor someday,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement. “She never got a chance to fulfill her dream because her life was cut tragically short last December. This scholarship honors her memory while providing support for future generations to attend Liggett and fulfill their dreams.” 

Paige was fatally shot Dec. 22, 2014, in a murder case that remains unsolved. Over the past year, her family has worked tirelessly to find the killer.

“This scholarship is a very special way to honor Paige’s memory,” says Paige’s mother, Jennifer Stalker. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of Paige’s death, I am happy to know that Paige’s spirit is being kept alive in the Liggett community, and that she will be remembered by Liggett students, faculty and staff for many years to come through the Paige Stalker Scholarship.”

The school will accept donations from any interested community members for this scholarship fund.