MSU scholarship program to benefit children of those killed in terrorist attacks

Contact: Terry Denbow, Vice President for University Relations, (517) 355-2262, denbow@msu.edu

Sep 21, 2001

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Eleven young people whose parents were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., will be able to attend Michigan State University on full tuition scholarships, the university announced today.

The September 11 Scholarship Program was established "in tribute to the spirit and courage of the American people," Board of Trustees Chairperson Colleen McNamara said in announcing the program, and is consistent with MSU's land-grant mission.

"Many parents from all walks of life were killed in the terrorist attacks and rescue efforts on Sept. 11, 2001," McNamara said. "One of the major financial obligations of parents is education for those children.

"In light of the fact that so many parents will not be present to provide for their children's education, it seems particularly appropriate for universities to offer scholarship support."

MSU Provost Lou Anna K. Simon said that idea for the scholarship program grew from several areas of campus. It is, she said, both a symbolic and a significant gesture in honor of the families affected by the tragedy.

"As we talked to people since the attacks, we felt we should do something to help care for the children of those who were killed," Simon said. "It's a part of what MSU does: We worry about the children.

"From our perspective this is an important initiative - one that both offers financial support and provides an opportunity for children to have hope."

MSU's Honors College and Office of Admissions and Scholarships will administer the program. Scholarship candidates will meet the university's usual admissions standards, and preference will be given to those with financial need. University officials expect to offer a few scholarships each year until the total of 11 have been distributed.

Currently about 60 students each academic year attend the university on full tuition-and-fees, academic-based scholarships. Tuition and fees for an out-of-state student at the 44,000-student university total about $11,000 per year.

At today's Board of Trustees meeting, the board also passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of the attack, commending the efforts of President Bush and members of Congress who have worked since the attack to help victims and to bring the terrorists to justice, and thanking other world leaders for their response and support.