ING Direct Kids Foundation Funds Scholarships for Children of 9/11 Families

The ING DIRECT Kids Foundation has set aside $167,000 (plus possible future contributions) to be distributed as scholarships to part-time CUNY students who had a parent killed or severely injured in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  Chancellor Goldstein with Deneen Donnley-Evans

The Foundation- an offshoot of ING, the corporation that does banking, insurance and asset management in 60 countries – was developed to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents.

“We were looking for some place where we could make a difference,” said Deneen Donnley-Evans, the Foundation’s executive director, in explaining how CUNY had been chosen. “We didn’t want to be one cog in a big machine.”

CUNY and its part-time students have a special resonance for Donnley-Evans: Her mother, a corrections officer, was a part-time student for most of the time from the late 1960s until she earned her degree from John Jay College in 1974.

Nonetheless, finding a place for the fund took some doing. “We had been looking for two years to donate money to help children who were affected by 9/11,” Donnley-Evans said. “We couldn’t find a group that wasn’t being helped by other organizations.”

Full-time students affected by the 9/11 attack are covered by a New York State program. CUNY has 30 participants in that program, which disbursed more than $100,000 in its first year.

About 40 percent of CUNY’s more than 400,000 students attend part-time, and there was no aid program covering them, aside from minimal TAP support. “This new program helps fill a significant gap since the existing World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships are only available to full-time students,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “I am deeply grateful to Deneen Donnley-Evans…and her colleagues at the ING DIRECT Kids Foundation.”

The ING DIRECT scholarship will be available to students who, in addition to having been affected by the attacks, also meet the University’s admissions criteria for matriculated undergraduate standing, who attend one of the colleges part-time and who demonstrate financial need.

An eligible student who remains in good academic standing may receive funds for a maximum of 10 semesters. The University will set the award amounts, based on its regular financial aid calculations.

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