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UConn Creates Scholarship Fund in Honor of Newtown Shooting



By Catherine Groux
Posted December 21, 2012 11:00 AM

UConn created a scholarship fund in honor of Connecticut shooting.
UConn created a scholarship fund in honor of Connecticut shooting.
Last week, a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, shook the nation and left 28 adults and children dead. In response to the unimaginable tragedy, the University of Connecticut (UConn) recently announced that it will establish the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund will assist the siblings of the children who lost their lives in the shooting, as well as the dependents of the adults who were killed and any student who is currently enrolled in Sandy Hook Elementary.

Donations for the memorial scholarship fund are currently being collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation. Available funds will be given to students based on their financial need. If any of the scholarship money goes unused, it will be given to future students from Newtown who wish to attend UConn and earn a bachelor's degree.

"It is not easy to conceive of the most heartfelt and respectful way to respond in the wake of such a shattering event," said Susan Herbst, president of UConn. "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." 

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