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Scholarship Fund Announced to Honor Queens Metro-North Victim

By Katie Honan | December 5, 2013 6:52pm
 Nurse Kisook Ahn, 35, boarded the train after a 12-hour shift taking care of children.
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KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS — A scholarship fund for Korean nurses has been announced in honor of Kisook Ahnone of four passengers killed when a Metro-North train derailed on Dec. 1 in the Bronx.

The Kisook Ahn Fund will help nursing students at Lehman College, where Ahn received her bachelor's and masters degrees through an exchange program with Sungshin Women's University in South Korea, according to the college. 

The fund was created by Perfect Choice Staffing, a Long Island-based staffing firm that placed Ahn and other overseas nurses at local hospitals, according to it's director Sheldon Meikle.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kisook’s family and friends – in the United States and South Korea,” said Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernández. “The entire Lehman College community stands ready to help during this difficult and painful time.”

Ahn, 35, lived in Woodside with roommates and was returning home from a 12-hour shift at a children's hospital in Ossining when the train derailed in the Bronx.

Her family arrived in New York on Dec. 4 to arrange her funeral services.

A wake is planned for Friday, Dec. 6 at Central Funeral Home of New York in Flushing, and her funeral will be held at St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Lehman College has also scheduled a memorial service for Tuesday, Dec. 10 , from 5 to 7 p.m in faculty dining room of the school's music building.

Donations can be made for The Kisook Ahn Fund by sending checks made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and mailed to the Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, NY 10468