Photo via: Asia SiVon Cottom Memorial Fund
On September 11, 2001, Asia Cottom’s father Clifton dropped her off at the airport for an educational trip to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in California. The 11-year-old won the trip for winning a National Geographic essay contest for D.C. public school fifth and sixth grade students. That same morning, Asia became one of the youngest victims that lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon after being hijacked.
17 years later after that tragic day, Clifton and Michelle continue to keep the memory of their daughter alive through the Asia SiVon Cottom Memorial Scholarship Fund. It was created after the family received an outpour of financial support, and by way of a suggestion from a friend, decided to launch a scholarship fund to help students excelling academically pursue undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees in STEM. Since being established, the fund has provided “over $260,000 to 96 students who shared Asia’s interests in science, math, engineering and technology,” reports 13 News Now.
Asia, who loved to learn, had dreams of going to college to become a pediatrician. “For me to watch students grow was my way of being able to send Asia to college. Over and over and over again,” said Michelle. “Through the foundation is how we healed a little bit too.”
The scholarship fund continues to grow and accept donations from private citizens and corporations. For more information on the Asia SiVon Cottom Memorial Scholarship Fund, click here.
Today and every day, we honor and remember all the victims of 9/11, their families and first responders.