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Virginia Tech scholarship set up to honor missing 21-year-old student

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(WSLS 10) - Virginia Tech announced they have established a scholarship fund in honor of 21-year-old student Cameron Smook who went missing after falling off of a Carnival Cruise ship Sunday, March 8. 

According to the University's website, Smoke's family requested the  "Cameron Smook Memorial Scholarship" be set up in Cameron's honor.

Smook was on a cruise during Virginia Tech's spring break. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday that Smook fell from a sixth-deck balcony. 

UPDATE: Surveillance footage shows Smook climb over ship balcony railing

Vance Gulliksen from Carnival Cruise Lines said surveillance video showed Smook climbing over the balcony's railing before he fell. According to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios, crews suspended their search for Smook at sunset Tuesday. He's officially declared missing. 

Cameron is a graduate from Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia and was scheduled to graduate from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Mining Engineering. 

University officials say Cameron thoroughly enjoyed his experiences at Virginia Tech and is fondly remembered by faculty, staff and peers as an excellent student who was known for his energy, his spirit, and his ability to make others laugh.

Contributions can be made to the Cameron Smook Memorial Scholarship, and mailed to: 

Gift Accounting (MC0336)

Virginia Tech 

902 Prices Fork Road

Blacksburg, VA 24061

University officials say contributions may also be made online at Virginia Tech's Giving Page, CLICK HERE