Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship

Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence, New York on February 12, 2009. This program helps families who lost loved ones cover the cost of attending college in New York State.


An applicant must:

  • be a child, spouse or financial dependent of an individual who died as a direct result of the Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence, New York on February 12, 2009.

In addition, an applicant must:

  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing scores on the New York State selected the General Educational Development Test (GED® Test), or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be in a non-default status on any student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS awards; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

Award Amount

Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor’s degree program) and includes the following components:

  • Tuition: An amount equal to your actual tuition or the State University of New York’s (SUNY) in-state tuition, whichever is less.
  • Non-tuition Costs: These include room and board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY Colleges. The Commissioner of Education sets the non-tuition cost allowances each year.
  • Residence: A student living on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than a commuter student. If housing is not available for students on campus, they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.

For the 2023-24 academic year, a recipient will receive a maximum of $26,830 if living on campus and a maximum of $16,500 if commuting to college. NOTE: Students choosing to live off campus when housing is available will be paid at the lower commuter rate.

Receipt of other grants and scholarships may reduce the Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship award.  The total of all aid received cannot be greater than the student's Title IV cost of attendance.


An award recipient is entitled to an annual award for not more than four years of undergraduate study, or five years if enrolled in a program approved as a program normally requiring five years of study.

Award Payment

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship Supplement. Be sure to sign the supplement, and submit it, along with the required documentation, according to the instructions.  NOTE:  You should complete an application for every member of the family that will use this scholarship (even if they are not old enough to attend college at this time, no matter what the age).  This will save having to retrieve and send proof of eligibility at a later date when that child is old enough to attend college.

Once you have established your eligibility, you must do one of the following by June 30 of each academic year to request payment:


HESC will make payments to schools on behalf of students upon certification of eligibility and submission of appropriate financial aid applications.

Award Payment


Please contact the Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding this program.

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