A $25,000 Stephanie Smith Science Scholarship has been established at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, MN with a donation from Marler Clark, the Seattle-based food safety law firm.

Smith, a 2005 graduate of Rocori High School, maintained close ties to her Cold Spring community as a Just for Kix dance instructor until she became ill with E. coli in September 2007.  She was in the hospital for nine months.

ecoli-scholarship-featured.jpg“It is my hope to encourage and support students interested in science–especially food safety and the treatment of foodborne disease,” said attorney Bill Marler, who represented Smith in a lawsuit with Cargill Inc., which was settled in April for an undisclosed amount.

Smith was stricken by E. coli O157:H7 from a contaminated hamburger made by Cargill.   She has required over a million dollars in medical care, and remains in a wheelchair as she goes through rehabilitation. 

She hopes to dance again.

Cold Spring is a town of 3,000 in central Minnesota.