Lisa Sechrist was a Brookfield Residential employee who lost her life in 1996 when a domestic violence incident escalated beyond her control.
She was just 32 years old.
To honor her memory, Brookfield banded together to create the Lisa Sechrist Memorial Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to provide support and shelter for women in abusive situations and to prevent those situations altogether by helping young women get off to a better start in life.
The foundation’s annual scholarship is designed to do just that.
The deadline to apply for this year’s Lisa Sechrist Memorial Foundation Scholarship is March 31. One deserving young woman will receive a scholarship worth up to $2,500 a year for a maximum of four years to be used for college tuition and related expenses.
Lisa Sechrist’s family believed that her death was in part due to her inability to remove herself from a dangerous situation. With a better education, more self-esteem and more opportunities, they believe her death could have been avoided.
Those are precisely the things that the foundation aims to provide, giving young women an opportunity to see past their challenges and create a bright future.