Spotlight On: The Family of Kean University Student Robert Huiracocha

January 2024

Kean University student Robert A. Huiracocha was an aspiring State Trooper whose life was tragically cut short in June of 2021. His mother, father, sister, brother, nephew, relatives and friends came together in their grief to create a fitting memorial. Their hope was to support someone who, like Huiracocha, dreamed of a career in service to the public. The group has collectively donated $21,000 to create an annual scholarship in Huiracocha’s memory, an amount they seek to increase in the future. “In this way, our family and friends, as well as the deserving scholarship recipients, will continue his legacy,” his immediate family said.

Huiracocha had been studying forensic psychology at Kean. He also participated in the Newark and Bloomfield Police Explorer programs, a career preparation program for youth interested in law enforcement. Robert held two jobs, one of which was as a security guard. He was dedicated to doing all that he could to prepare for a future in public service. “It was his dream,” his family said. “It was always what he wanted to do; he wanted to help people.”

In addition to his academic and career pursuits, Huiracocha is remembered as a loving son and “best friend” to his parents. He was a caring and devoted brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many, as evidenced by those who have come together to create this scholarship in his honor.

The Kean University Foundation is grateful for this thoughtful gift in Huiracocha’s name. It will make a positive impact on others who are endeavoring to achieve similar career goals.

To find out more about scholarship giving at the Foundation, to contribute to the Robert A. Huiracocha Scholarship or to learn more about making a gift in your area of interest, please contact KUF Philanthropy Officer Eileen Cotter via email at