A scholarship has been launched in the name of Sophia Crestani, the 19-year-old who died at a flat party in Dunedin last year.
The scholarship, called the Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship, caters to female maths students who are actively involved in the community, NZME reports.
The fund reached its aim of $50,000 prior to Christmas and Crestani's mother, Elspeth McMillan, said it was the best present.
"The last few months have been up and down but the scholarship has given us a focus and a purpose to try to make some sense of what's happened," McMillan told NZME.
An announcement about the scholarship will be made later this month, the Herald on Sunday reported.
Crestani died in early October after a staircase at a Dunedin house party collapsed.
According to those who knew her, she was "friendly, enthusiastic and conscientious".
Queen Margaret College principal Jayne-Ann Young earlier told Newshub the community was "deeply saddened" by her death.
"Sophia touched many lives during her time here. Sophia was a cheerful, positive and personable young woman and it was always thrilling to see her creative and technical flair ignited inside the Materials Technology classroom."