The University of Connecticut's Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund got a boost Thursday when the Connecticut Education Association announced plans to raise at least $1 million for the fund and also to create a permanent monument to those who died in the Newtown shooting.
The UConn scholarship fund has already raised nearly $700,000 from more than 4,000 people to help support college costs for siblings and dependents of those killed in the massacre on December 14, as well as for students now enrolled in the elementary school who are later admitted to UConn. Twenty children and six teachers and staff members were killed in the attack.
CEA President Sheila Cohen said in a statement, "This is a tribute that we hope will be meaningful and lasting to the families in the devastated community of Newtown. In the long-term, we hope to help a number of young people pursue their academic goals at UConn."
The education association, which represents 43,000 teachers in the state, has created a Sandy Hook Memorial and Scholarship Fund through its non-profit arm, The Connecticut Education Foundation.