Smith Proposes Bill For Scholarship Fund
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation that would establish a scholarship fund to assist sponsors, children and dependents of victims killed in the November 12, 2001 crash of American Airlines flight 587 in Rockaway.
The bill (S.2904), proposed in tribute to the memory of the 265 victims of flight 587, would provide scholarship aid to those eligible family members who attend any college or university in New York State, in an amount up to the total cost of tuition at a State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) institution. Additionally, the scholarship may be used for up to five years of undergraduate study, should that be necessary.
"This terrible airplane crash on November 12, 2001, which claimed 265 lives, had a devastating effect on the entire community. Particularly hard hit were the residents of Rockaway who lost family members, and New York’s Dominican-American community, which experienced an especially heavy loss of life as a consequence of this terrible tragedy," Senator Smith said.
The immediate survivors include approximately 60 families, with more than 200 children who are either currently, or one day may be, eligible for a scholarship award under the proposed bill.
"This scholarship will serve as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in this tragedy, while extending to their spouses, children and other dependents the opportunity to attend college and obtain a higher education degree," stated Senator Smith. "I am hopeful that this legislation is enacted this year, and I will vigorously fight for its passage."