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911 Scholarship Fund for Students

KEENE, N.H. 12/13/01 - A new scholarship has been established to assist Keene State College students who have been affected by the terrorist attacks on New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. of Sept. 11.

Michael McCarthy, a lecturer in communications at KSC, and his wife, Susan, established the 911 Scholarship Fund with a gift of $1,000. Our goals are to preserve the memory of the events of Sept. 11 and to help students who might have been affected by those events, says McCarthy.

According to Laurie Tilton, assistant director of advancement at KSC, the fund has been supplemented with additional contributions of approximately $3,000. The contributions came from campus faculty and staff, a $1,000 grant from the KSC Alumni Association, and a $750 grant from Pepsi.

The fund is primarily designed to provide financial assistance to KSC students who have been directly affected by the events of Sept. 11, Tilton says. The Colleges Student Financial Services department will evaluate all applications for assistance. The first grant from the fund, for $750, will be made to a student during the upcoming spring semester. Two additional grants of $500 each will be made to students during the fall semester of 2002 and spring semester of 2003.

Our aim is to build the fund until it becomes an endowed fund, which requires a total of $20,000, explains Tilton. The fund will always be known as the 911 Scholarship Fund, but in the future scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate a dire need for assistance who, without this financial aid, would be unable to continue their education.

For additional information or to make a contribution to the fund, please phone Laurie Tilton in the Keene State Office of Advancement at 603-358-2378.

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