Friends and family turn tragedy into inspiration

Teresa Love

The Emily Javadi Foundation recently pledged $25,000 to establish the Emily Javadi Memorial Scholarship Endowment to be awarded to students majoring in Entrepreneurship in the College of Business. The endowment was created to honor the memory of a UNT alumna who was killed by a drunk driver.

Emily graduated from the UNT Center for Logistics Education and Research in 2003. She worked as a supply chain analyst for Baylor Health Care System, but she was most known for her cake pops — snowmen, bumble bees, guitars, and butterflies. Emily has been described as a vibrant, creative, modern and ultimately charming woman. Her seemingly unquenchable desire to create art, interact with people and push herself physically made her the kind of person whose magnetism was irresistible and whose passion was utterly infectious. Emily also had a passion for classical violin. She volunteered with Open Classical, an organization that showcases classical music concerts and theater performances in the Dallas area. With the love and encouragement of Open Classical, she began playing the violin again.

After her death, Emily’s friends and family quickly mobilized the Foundation to “pay it forward and brighten the community she loved so much.” The Foundation supports a number of organizations that Emily was passionate about, including UNT. It hosts a variety of events, which not only celebrate Emily's life, but also support the Foundation’s mission to create a better world through promoting the arts, health and fitness and entrepreneurship.

For more information about the Emily Javadi Foundation, visit


Above: Emily Javadi