CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said Wendy Lu met Laura Rozo in the N.C. Fellows program their freshman year. They met their sophomore year. The article has been amended to reflect this change, and The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Laura Rozo, a UNC junior and Morehead-Cain Scholar, died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with cancer. She was 20.
Rozo first came to the United States from Colombia as a 13-year-old who spoke no English.
But by the time she was 18, she had mastered the language, excelled through high school and won a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, said Chuck Lovelace, executive director of the foundation.
“She was just fiercely determined,” he said. “The remarkable courage and determination that she demonstrated throughout her life and her sickness will continue to amaze and inspire all of us who knew her.”