Syracuse University creates scholarship honoring Beau Biden

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The Syracuse University College of Law on Thursday announced it is establishing a scholarship fund in Beau Biden’s memory.

The fund will provide scholarship aid to law students with demonstrated interest in children’s rights, protecting victims of abuse and helping society’s vulnerable individuals, the school said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

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“As his professor, I got to know Beau as a student and I witnessed a graduate who dedicated his life to public service and his family,” said William Banks, interim dean and professor of law at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

“I am honored to have a scholarship in his memory that is focused on causes that I know were close to his heart,” Banks added of Biden, who graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Law in 1994.

Syracuse University’s statement described Biden as an alumnus active in post-graduate initiatives in both Washington, D.C., and the school’s home base in Syracuse, N.Y.

Biden gave the university’s commencement address in 2011, arguing that students must live a life in ethical accordance with national law.

“We must strive to recognize that moral codes matter,” Biden said. "That we are interdependent. That the means of conduct must be driven by our conscience, our values, our knowledge, and, above all, by our laws. And that our conduct cannot be blinded by even the most laudable ends.”

Beau Biden, Vice President Biden’s son, served two terms as the attorney general of Delaware. He was also a major in the Delaware National Guard, serving in its Judge Advocate General’s Corp.

Biden died last May after a prolonged fight with brain cancer. Joe BidenJoe BidenTop Dem: Cures bill funding cut to B Yes, this election will change America forever The FCC’s Privacy Problem MORE subsequently promised in October that he would finish his time in office seeking a national “moonshot” for curing the disease and its offshoots.