2005-06-24 / Community

State Senate OK’s AA 587 Scholarship Bill

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith recently applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation he co-sponsored that establishes a college scholarship fun to assist spouses, children and dependents of victims killed in the November 12, 2001 crash of American Airlines flight 587 in Rockaway.

The bill, 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 coast of tuition at a State University of New York or City University of New York institution. Additionally, the scholarship may be used for up to five years of undergraduate study, should that be necessary.

The measure has already passed the Assembly.

“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 how 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,” Smith said.

According to the senator, the immediate survivors include approximately 60 families, with more than 200 children who are either currently, or may one day be, eligible for a scholarship award under this legislation.

“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,” said Smith. “I am proud to have co-sponsored this measure, and I thank my colleagues in the Senate for supporting its passage.”

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