Semester at Sea


March 27, 1996

Jenna Druck embraced life with every fiber of her being. She was filled with endless love, energy and enthusiasm, and it showed in her accomplishments, relationships, vision, values, competitive spirit, courage and compassion.

Selected “San Diego’s Young Woman Entrepreneur” at age 9, speaking publicly for the Young Presidents Organization at 14, elected Senior ASB V.P. at Torrey Pines HS, voted a Presidents Leadership Institute Scholar and President of Pi Beta Phi sorority at CU Boulder, Jenna was a natural born leader. Above all else, she was a true friend, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin and lover of life. Her sense of social justice, wisdom and fierce determination from an early age were inspiring and far-reaching. She encouraged others to live with “strength of heart,” a combination of compassion and integrity – and embodied those qualities throughout her life.

Jenna’s life ended tragically and abruptly at age 21 when she was killed in a bus accident while studying abroad with Semester at Sea in India. Her father, Dr. Ken Druck, founded The Jenna Druck Center to honor her life and spirit. The Center’s two award-winning programs, Families Helping Familiesand Spirit of Leadership have been a lifeline for over 7,500 bereaved families and 18,000 diverse young women who aspire to be leaders in their own lives and communities.

Jenna is the Jenna Druck Center’s CAO (Chief Angelic Officer). Her undying love continues to impact the lives of countless young women and bereaved families. She lives on in those whose hearts she touched.

Sheryl Hill and ClearCause are doing everything in their power to keep kids safe while studying and traveling abroad. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for honoring those of us whose children have died abroad and preventing others from needlessly having to endure the worst loss through their noble work.

Written by Dr. Ken Druck, Jenna’s father.