Three WTC Workers from City
Tech Receive Scholarships
When the jet hit Tower 2 last year, New York City College of Technology
student Sam Colon was working for AON Consulting as a document
control clerk on the buildings 92nd floor. He managed to
escape from the building with, as it turned out, ten minutes to
|Scholarship winner Sam Colon, right, with
Prof. Elliot Colchamiro. Photo: M. Forsten.
Now Colon and two other City Tech students with jobs at the World
Trade Center have been awarded full-tuition scholarships, thanks
to the generosity of Urban Science, a global strategic consulting
firm headquartered in Detroit.
The other two students, both Brooklynites, are Marie Fisher and
Junior Soverall. Fisher, a single mother, worked on the 92nd floor
of Tower 2 as well. On the tragic morning, Soverall decided to
stop for a cup of coffee on the WTC plaza. He saw the first plane
hit and ran for his life.
The scholarships came about because Urban Science President Jim
Anderson wanted to help students who were directly affected by
9/11, rather than contribute to a more general fund. A former
Wayne State University professor of civil engineering, Anderson
recalled that a former Wayne State dean, Fred Beaufait, is now
president at City Tech. He called Beaufait to offer his gift,
and, with the help of Professor Elliot Colchamiro,
chair of the Colleges Construction Management Technology
program, the three WTC workers were identified.
Colon, a Bay Ridge resident whose family is from Puerto Rico,
lost many co- workers at AON. After gaining a Bachelors
in business administration from St. Francis College, the married
father of two had been pursuing an associates degree in
Construction Management Technology. The scholarship has proved
a degree-saver. My wife is also in college and, with two
kids, I wouldnt be able to enroll, even part- time, without
Colon has written to Anderson, saying, I still find it hard
to believe that people, like yourself, who are far away can be
deeply touched by the tragic events that took place on September
11 to the extent that they are willing to sponsor students to
continue their education.