- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Children of Marylanders killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks would receive college scholarships under a fund announced yesterday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
"No young person should be denied the opportunity to pursue their dream, including going to college, because of those vicious attacks," Mr. Glendening said.
There are between 20 and 30 children of Maryland attack victims, said Doug Schmidt, chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council. Mr. Glendening named Mr. Schmidt to lead a volunteer committee that will identify the children and raise private funds for the Maryland Survivors Scholarship Fund.
"This is not charity," Mr. Schmidt said. "This is a gift from Marylanders to Marylanders."
Mr. Glendening said scholarships also would be made available to about a half-dozen children of attack victims from other states who are currently attending Maryland colleges or universities.
The governor said the committee would have to raise between $500,000 and $1 million to meet its goals.
Funds would be used to cover tuition and fees for the children of attack victims currently attending college, and to guarantee payments of tuition and fees for younger children through the Maryland Prepaid College Trust Fund program. The program's payments are based on the prevailing tuition rate at the University of Maryland College Park, and can be applied at both in-state and out-of-state institutions.
Mr. Schmidt said scholarships could be expanded to cover costs beyond tuition if the committee exceeds its fund-raising target.
As he announced the scholarship fund yesterday in the State House reception room, Mr. Glendening was surrounded by dozens of students from nine Maryland colleges and universities. He praised them for organizing blood drives and fund-raisers on their campuses to benefit the September 11 victims.
Student leaders from St. Mary's College presented Mr. Glendening with a $1,000 contribution to the new scholarship fund.
"September 11 was a shock to all Americans," said Jayson Williams, a 20-year-old junior from Baltimore who is president of the college's student government. "It was definitely felt on the campuses of Maryland's institutions of higher education."
Contributions should be directed to the Maryland Survivors Scholarship Fund, c/o Harbor Bank, 25 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. 21202. More information is available by calling 800/811-8336.

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