Lake Harriet walk, scholarships honor Molly Malone Chottepanda

A new foundation devoted to scholarships for science-minded women has raised more than $50,000 in memory of Molly Malone Chottepanda.

Molly_Molly died in 2014, 12 days after giving birth to her firstborn daughter Mara. The second annual “We Walk with Molly” event at Lake Harriet is tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The foundation created in Molly’s name awards three scholarships to graduating seniors at her alma mater, Southwest High School. She worked as a physician assistant at North Clinic in Robbinsdale, and all of the scholarship recipients are pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or math.

Foundation board member Nick Lambert said the pool of 17 applicants proved to be “spectacular.”

The scholarship recipients are:

— Tess Dutton, who plans to attend Boston University and study neuroscience, with a double minor in Spanish and Dance.

— Kamala Micaela Varma is a Math major headed to Vanderbilt University.

— Hailey Dyman plans to study Epidemiology and Public Health at Georgetown University.

Student attendance at Lake Harriet might be light — prom is tonight — but the school dedicated a volleyball game to Molly in the fall.

Another remembrance took place on Molly’s birthday in September, when her husband Kushal threw out the first pitch at a Twins game.

Tonight’s walk around Lake Harriet is 6:30-8 p.m. and starts at Beard’s Plaisance, 4525 Upton Ave S. Proceeds will fund future Southwest High scholarships.

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