The family of an education student who died of cancer and Nicholls State University have set up a scholarship for other high-achieving cancer patients or survivors.

Robyn Adele Ford died Tuesday. She had regularly been on the dean's list at Nicholls.

Assistant professor Elizabeth Block says that shortly before her death. Ford said, "I want to teach everyone that you can smile until the end."

The scholarship in her honor was made public Thursday, the day of her funeral.

It is for a full-time teacher education major with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and financial need. Candidates must submit a letter saying how they have been affected by cancer and embody Ford's personal attributes and professional aspirations.