Emma Marie Nelson
June 21, 2012
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, California lawmakers spearheaded a program to provide scholarships to victims’ families — but many families never found out about the program or were told they were ineligible.
According to the Associated Press. approximately 3 dozen Californians died in the September 11th attacks, and 42 people were identified as eligible to receive funds.
The “California Memorial Scholarship Program” raised $15 million through sales of specially-designed memorial license plates. The program was also intended to support anti-terrorism efforts. Of the total funds raised, only $20,000 — equaling five scholarships — was collected.