Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships

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Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of American Airlines Flight 587’s crash in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, New York on the morning of November 12, 2001. In the spirit of the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, this program will help the 266 families who lost loved ones cover the cost of attending college in New York State.

Who Is Eligible?

Children, spouses and financial dependents of those who died as a direct result of the American Airlines Flight 587 crash on November 12, 2001 in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York.

How to Apply

Print a copy of the Flight 587 Memorial Scholarship Supplement and submit it with the necessary documentation to: HESC, Scholarship Unit, 99 Washington Ave, Room 1430A, Albany, NY 12255. A description of the required documentation is included in the instructions on the last page of the supplement. Once eligibility has been established, students must submit a payment application for each academic year payment is sought. Eligible students should apply for payment by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP Application.

Eligibility Requirements

Effective immediately and retroactive for the 2001-2002 academic year, undergraduate students who are full time, matriculated in an approved program in New York State and meet eligibility requirements pursuant to New York State laws and regulations are eligible. Recipients need not be New York State residents or U.S. citizens to receive the scholarship.

NOTE Eligible New York State resident family members who were enrolled in undergraduate colleges or universities located outside of New York State on November 12, 2001 may receive payment of this scholarship for attendance at that school.

Award Amount

Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor’s degree program) and includes the following components:

  • At a public college or university (SUNY or CUNY): actual tuition and mandatory educational fees; actual room and board charged to students living on campus or an allowance for room and board for commuter students; and allowances for books, supplies and transportation.
  • At a private institution: an amount equal to SUNY four-year college tuition and average mandatory education fees ( or the student’s actual tuition and fees, whichever is less) and allowances for room and board, books, supplies and transportation.

In all cases, the total of all aid received by the recipient cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
99 Washington Avenue
· Albany, New York 12255 · (888) NYS-HESC