Halie Hite, a Northview High School freshman, died in an automobile accident that evening.
Former Northview student and current Sullivan High School Athletic Director Jon Stuckey and his wife Jamie moved forward with an idea to memorialize Halie with a scholarship in her name.
"When something like this happens," Jamie said, "I think all just want to do something to help. The scholarship idea was just another way to honor Halie."
The end result? "Halie's Rainbow" The Halie Hite Memorial Scholarship.
A Facebook page was set up Feb. 20, notifying people of the memorial.
The idea is every year, a $500 scholarship will be given to a Northview band student, winter guard participant or cheerleader in memory of Halie.
Jamie told The Brazil Times a scholarship will be given this year.
For the moment, Jamie said word is spreading on the Internet about the scholarship fund.
"The Facebook scholarship site was our first step in officially announcing the scholarship," she said. "We will be sending out mass e-mails and texts. We are also planning future fundraiser."
She added coordinators have contacted Northview band directors Bob and Ruth Ann Medworth regarding the fund.
"We're helping out," Bob said. "I'm just spreading the word to everybody I can."
Jamie said she has contacted families in the area who have committed to pledging dollar amounts during a five-year run in order for the scholarship to become endowed, adding if $10,000 can be raised during that period, the scholarship will be guaranteed.
"If everyone can give a little, we can definitely raise $10,000 with no problem," Jamie said. "It's not person giving a lot, it's lots of people giving a little that will help obtain the goal.
"Any individual that contributes can know they are helping keep Halie's memory alive and at the same time, helping an NHS student in their education endeavors."
Contributions to the scholarship fund should be sent to www.wvcf.com/giving_online_memorial.html, or by check via download form (optional) at www.wvcf.com/pdfs/memorial_form.pdf, or through mail to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc., (in care of Beth Tevlin, Executive Director), 2901 Ohio Blvd., Suite 153, Terre Haute, Ind., 47803.
Those wishing to donate via check should write "Halie's Rainbow" The Halie Memorial Scholarship in the memo.