Victoria Soto Award

Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 Memorial Fund

Victoria Leigh Soto was a History major as well as Education major at Eastern. She was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. On December 14, 2012, she gave her life to protect her first-grade students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

In 2013, the Department of History established an award in memory of Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 for a graduating senior in the History program, who is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and is planning to make their career in teaching following graduation from Eastern. The recipient of the award is determined by the faculty in the Department of History. The award is presented annually during the Phi Alpha Theta initiation ceremony at Eastern.

The first student to receive the History Department Victoria Soto award was Kaitlin Baldi.

The 2014 Victoria Soto Award Recipient was Melissa Zablonski.

If you would like to contribute to the Victoria Leigh Soto Memorial Fund established by the Department of History, please direct your donation to:

History Department-Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 Memorial Fund

ECSU Foundation, Inc.
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
ATTN: Kenneth J. DeLisa
Vice President for Institutional Advancement