THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University’s Department of Biological Sciences has established a scholarship fund in memory of a Nicholls graduate who died earlier this month after a fall while hiking in the Andes Mountains.

The university said Wednesday that Rachel Ianni was a 2011 graduate of Nicholls’ marine and environmental biology master’s program.

The memorial funds will go toward travel scholarships for marine and environmental biology students.

Ianni held jobs with the Indiana Dunes National Forest, Chicago Public Schools and The Field Museum of Chicago.