Karii Cloud, 25, died Nov. 1, 2014. Karii was born May 1, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to McCrae Boykins Sr. and Julie Cloud Hermann. She graduated from Mascoma Valley High School in 2007, and in 2011 she earned an A.A. in Technical Theater and a B.A. in Theater & Drama from Johnson State College. Karii was a gifted and talented actress, accomplished guitarist, award-winning potter, avid trick skier, and a mad tenacious rugger! Her jovial and fun-loving nature were omnipresent. She was a strong, loving, sensitive young woman with a creative soul and a brilliant and powerful intellect. She was driven and passionate about her career at dealer.com in Burlington, where she worked at the time of her death.
The Karii Cloud Memorial Scholarship is the first scholarship at Johnson State College specifically designated for a transgender student.
In addition to raising money for the scholarship, friends of Karii are hoping to raise $500 for a memorial bench in her name that will be placed at the JSC rugby field.