Become a Scholar

The Remembrance Scholarship is one of the highest honors a Syracuse University student can receive. Those selected are chosen on the basis of scholarship, leadership, along with service to the community, including service to the military, ROTC, first responder or other community organizations. The 35 rising seniors chosen are each awarded a $5,000 Remembrance Scholarship, with recipients each representing one of the 35 Syracuse University students lost in the bombing of Pam Am flight 103, over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Along with a dedication to service, those selected will help educate the SU campus community about terrorism by relating Syracuse University’s Pan Am Flight 103 experience to current events. Through education, all 270 lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, especially our 35 students, are remembered and honored.

The motto of the Remembrance Scholars is to “Look Back and Act Forward.”

Application Process

  • Any Syracuse University undergraduate student who is in good academic standing and will graduate in either December 2019 or May 2020 is eligible to apply.
  • Students self-nominate for this scholarship.
  • This award is not tied to financial need.
  • Finalists will be interviewed in mid-March to mid-April, and Scholars announced by the beginning of May.

The application is here:

Complete applications, including two recommendation forms, are due February 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (noon)

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The criteria of scholarship, leadership, and service to the community are identified through a far broader range of student activities than a simple grade point average. Similarly, service, is much more than being a member of a student group. Rather, the scholarships are awarded to students in good academic standing who embody the characteristics of engagement, drive, dreams, meaningful expression, contributions at the university or beyond, and willingness to give beyond themselves.

The students lost to Pam Am Flight 103 were diverse in their goals, dreams, academic disciplines, age, faiths, gender, and orientation. The Remembrance Scholars continue to represent this diversity at Syracuse University and work to look back and act forward. This role comes with service responsibilities so we seek applications from students seeking to make a difference in a variety of ways beyond academic standing. The Remembrance Scholarship Selection Committee reviews every application received, with the goal to identify diverse Syracuse University students to stand as Remembrance Scholars in their senior year.

Duties of the Remembrance Scholars:

  • Discuss and decide, both individually and as a group, how to “Look Back, Act Forward” through education and service.
  • Represent the Syracuse University students lost as well as the entire 270 victims (each Scholar is paired with one of the 35 SU students; this may involve connection with family members).
  • Meet once per week from August through November to plan Remembrance Week (held in late October); serve on at least one subcommittee in addition to this weekly meeting.
  • Coordinate education and outreach in the fall and spring by visiting classes and student groups.
  • Plan, organize, publicize, and participate in a calendar of events during Remembrance Week (typically including a candlelight vigil, panel discussions, service/volunteer activities, open mic night, displays, and the rose-laying and convocation ceremonies); scholars may choose to plan events in spring as well. Remembrance Scholars who are abroad during the fall semester may participate in such plans and activities at the Syracuse Abroad Center in the country in which they are studying.
  • Serve/act as ambassadors to the Remembrance Scholarship Program by educating the campus community about the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack.
  • Engage with the Pan Am 103 Archives.
  • Welcome to our community the two Lockerbie Scholars, students studying at SU from Lockerbie, Scotland.

Inclusion and Diversity

Syracuse University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.