In March 2002, Elizabeth (Beth) Bowers died as the result of a bicycle accident in NW Zambia while she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. Beth, almost 23 (1979-2002), was “a child of light, an adventurer of the spirit, and a seeker after world peace and understanding.” Her post was the village of Lumwana West, in the Mwinilunga District of the Northwestern Province. Beth was teaching rural farmers how to integrate productive fish farming practices into their traditional farming systems. Her work in NW Zambia with the Peace Corps was the perfect way for Beth to fulfill her commitment to "give back" to others less fortunate.
Beth was dedicated to world peace, community development, and the creation of greater opportunity for women. As a testimony to her efforts and beliefs, her family decided that her work should continue. In consultation with Peace Corps, they focused on providing academic scholarships for girls from the Lumwana West area. Scholarships were targeted as a means of providing sustainable development for the area through education and empowering the women she so admired in the spirit of Elizabeth.