Scholarship named for hero in SPU shooting

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 15 at 10:55 AM

SEATTLE - The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at its graduation ceremony that a scholarship has been named for the student who helped stop a gunman on campus earlier this month.

President Daniel Martin on Saturday told graduates, including Jon Meis, that an engineering scholarship will be given in his honor. Students and their friends and family gave Meis a standing ovation at the ceremony.

The scholarship will help engineering students. Meis graduated Saturday with a degree in electrical engineering.
 
Meis received several standing ovations from students and others inside the arena.
 
"I am so grateful and was so very moved by Mr. Meis and his courage and his action," said Marian Wright Edelman, commencement speaker.

Meis pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman when he stopped to reload a shotgun in a campus building June 5. One person died and two others were injured. The suspect has been charged with murder.

Police say that without the actions of Meis and others who held down the gunman, more people likely would have been hurt.

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