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
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 Foundations executive director,
in explaining how CUNY had been chosen. We didnt 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 couldnt
find a group that wasnt 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 CUNYs 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 Universitys
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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