Two scholarship funds have been established in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, the director of community outreach for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who died in a shooting rampage Saturday.

The family set up a fund in Zimmerman's name at Child & Family Resources, where Zimmerman served on the board.

"It's an incredible tragedy that such a young life was snuffed at its prime," said a statement from Eric Schindler, president of Child & Family Resources. "Gabe was an old soul in a young man's body who was a real special treasure for Tucson."

Donations can be made online at or mailed to Child & Family Resources, 2800 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85716. For more information, call 321-3778 or e-mail

Meanwhile, two alumni of the University of California-Santa Cruz set up a scholarship fund in his memory.

The 30-year-old Zimmerman graduated from UC-Santa Cruz in 2002 with a sociology degree, with honors. The scholarship, which is being managed by the university's social sciences department, is also the subject of a Facebook account to deliver more information about the fund. It is intended to assist "financially challenged" students who show a commitment to social justice and intend to make a career in public service.

Donations can be as little as $10 and are tax-deductible.

Zimmerman also had a master's degree from the Arizona State University School of Social Work, and the school's Tucson branch will hold a memorial for him next week.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday in the courtyard of the Sentinel building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

For more information, call 884-5507, Ext. 10.