Lauren Jennifer McCluskey, 21 years old, a beautiful young woman in all respects, was murdered on the University of Utah campus on October 22, 2018. A worldwide outpouring of grief testified to the light she brought during her life. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation was established to ensure that her light will live on.

Link to Lauren’s obituary

An outstanding student-athlete, Lauren earned a Track & Field scholarship at the University of Utah, where she competed in the PAC-12 Conference. Lauren had a 3.77 GPA and applied to graduate in spring 2019. Recognizing her academic accomplishments, the University of Utah conferred a posthumous B.Sc. Degree in Communication. Lauren loved animals and volunteered at the Whitman County Humane Society (Pullman, WA) helping to socialize cats so they would be more adoptable.  She had two beloved cats of her own, Fuzzy and then Victory. 

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation honors Lauren’s legacy by supporting charitable work in the following areas:

  • Campus safety. Funding for research and education programs to keep our daughters safe.
  • Amateur athletics. Financial assistance for student and youth Track & Field athletes.
  • Animal welfare. Building on the success of Lauren McCluskey’s Cat Wing, support for animal shelters and other programs.

If you would like to donate to a specific area, make a note in the Special Instructions field. Thank you.