First scholarships in honor of murdered Warwick woman awarded on 1 year anniversary of death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — On the one year anniversary of the death of 24-year-old Miya Brophy-Baermann, the scholarship fund in her name announced its first award recipients.

The Miya D. Brophy-Baermann Scholarship Fund honors Miya’s life and legacy of compassion and commitment, to students who are working towards a career in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

On Monday, the nonprofit announced Larissa Oliveria from University of Rhode Island and Hailey-Rose Coulter of Rhode Island College were the first recipients.

Hailey-Rose Coulter spoke with ABC 6 News on Monday, saying, “I was overwhelmed with gratitude but you’re also like its bittersweet because this is something that should have never happened to Miya or her family.”

Coulter graduated from Rhode Island College in May of 2022 and now, with the help of this scholarship, plans to go to graduate school this winter to continue her education in this speech-language pathology.

Just months before Miya was shot and killed in a random, drive-by shooting in Providence, she graduated from Northeastern University with a masters degree in speech language pathology.

Just three weeks before Miya was killed, she started her first job in North Providence.

While Coulter never knew Miya, she said she will carry Miya’s legacy with her throughout her career in speech pathology.

“Miya was a very important individual and she was gone too soon but when she was here she had an impact on people — that was really important,” Coulter said.

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