UConn sets up scholarship for Sandy Hook students

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(Photo credit: University of Connecticut Foundation)

(Photo credit: University of Connecticut Foundation)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is creating a scholarship fund for students from Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 students and six students were gunned down last week.

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund will help pay college costs for Sandy Hook students who choose to attend UConn when they’re older. Siblings of the student victims, and children of the adult victims, will also be eligible. The awards will be need-based.

Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation. A spokesman says the foundation has not set a fundraising goal and will wait to see how many donations come in over the coming years before deciding whether the scholarships can cover the students’ entire college costs.

Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, have donated $80,000.

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. More information is available at the University of Connecticut Foundation website.

HOW TO GIVE

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. Full Terms and Privacy Policy: s.uconn.edu/txt.

Online giving page: You may make a gift on the secure online giving site.

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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