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Scholarship set for Iowa woman killed in bus crash

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A University of Iowa woman dies in a bus crash, and now loved ones are setting up a scholarship in her honor.

21-year-old Nicole Underwood was on her way to Chicago to visit her boyfriend, when police say the bus she was on crashed into a sign on I-55 in Illinois.

Underwood was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Her loved ones are now trying to do something positive to honor her.

Her boyfriend's best friend told KWWL he had the idea for the scholarship on the way to the hospital.

He says Nicole loved helping other people, he thought what better way to honor her than to give back to those at her own university.

"She was one of those people who is really easy to talk to, she's like Michael in female form.

Ryan Wilson is Nicole's friend, and Michael Consalvo's best friend.

Consalvo was dating Nicole, she was on her way to see him before she died.

"He was always on the phone with her, they were constantly talking, when he woke up at 6 in the morning, he would call her," said Wilson.

Wilson says though the pair hadn't been dating long, their relationship was strong.

And if Underwood wasn't talking to Consalvo, she was doing her homework.

She was a human services major at the University of Iowa, and aspired to be a counselor.

"It wasn't just us that lost out, she would have helped a ton of people. She was really smart, really compassionate, she would have helped so many people," Wilson said.

And Wilson says he hopes she can continue to help people with a scholarship.

A $10,000 scholarship would go to one hardworking human services major at the University of Iowa.

Wilson says it's the best way to keep her memory and mission alive.

If you'd like to donate to her scholarship fund, you can do so here.

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