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STORRS. -- In response to the grief and
shock accompanying the tragic school killings in Newtown last Friday, the
University of Connecticut has created a memorial scholarship fund to honor
those who died.
The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the
University of Connecticut will provide financial aid for any students who
currently attend the elementary school, as well as siblings of those killed in
the assault and dependents of teachers and other adults who also lost their
lives, who are accepted to attend the University in the future.
“It is not easy to conceive of the most heartfelt and
respectful way to respond in the wake of such a shattering event,” UConn
president Susan Herbst says. “Yet Newtown is in our own state and many of our
students and alumni have ties to those who are affected directly. The gift of
higher education is a transformational one. We want the students of Sandy Hook
to have the opportunity to study at a top public research university.”
Donations will be collected through the University of
Connecticut Foundation to establish a fund in anticipation of supporting the
Sandy Hook Elementary students enrolled in the K-4 grades today who will be of
college age beginning in approximately 2021.
For siblings and dependents of those who died, funds will be
immediately expendable to provide them with scholarship assistance at UConn as
needed. All of the monies received will be spent solely for the fund’s purpose.
If any funds remain once the needs of the groups above have been met, they will
be used to benefit any future student from Newtown who attends UConn.
UConn’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma
and his wife, Kathy, have made an $80,000 lead gift to the fund.
“Over this past difficult weekend, Kathy and I gave much
consideration to what we as a family could do that would have some significance
for the future,” Auriemma says. “Because UConn is so important to us, we
decided to establish a scholarship and encourage other UConn alumni, friends
and fans around the world to invest in the future of the Sandy Hook survivors.”
UConn alumni and members of the public seeking a way to pay
tribute to the victims of the tragedy are invited to contribute to the Sandy
Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Ways to Donate to
the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund
Via text: Donors may contribute to the fund by
texting 50555 with uconn newtown.
University alumni should also add their name and graduation
year. For example: uconn newtown John Smith 88
. $10.00 donation to
support the University of Connecticut Foundation through the mGive Foundation.
Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid
balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of
age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May
Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP
By mail: Mail your check to the UConn Foundation at
2390 Alumni Drive Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206. Please note on your check
that the gift is for the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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