Son of 9/11 first responder receives scholarship

Son of 9/11 first responder receives scholarship

A Kennesaw State student was one of 28 recipients across the U.S. to be awarded a scholarship for exceptional leadership, community service, scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities.

All students who received the scholarship from the National Law Enforcement And Firefighters Children’s Foundation are children of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Sophomore information technology major Jordan Williams’ father, formerly a member of the New York City Fire Department, was permanently disabled during the events of 9/11.

The foundation’s president and founder Al Khan commended first responders for risking their lives and sometimes sacrificing themselves for their communities.

“By helping to fund their children’s education, we hope to honor law enforcement officers and firefighters and their families, acknowledging the bravery of their service while supporting students to reach their fullest potential,” Kahn said.

Kahn said that the foundation is proud to be a part of helping Williams achieve his academic goals.

“Jordan [Williams] has demonstrated leadership among his peers and exceptional scholastic achievements as well as contributing his time and energy to community service,” Kahn said.

Williams has maintained a 4.0 GPA at KSU, and he volunteers for Toys for Tots and at the Mercy Heart Health Clinic. He has also received a certificate of achievement in the area of general management and completed the Georgia Department of Education’s Small Business Development Pathway program.

“To be able to be assisted with a scholarship means a lot to me as well as the rest of my family,” Williams said. “It’s a great feeling to know that I, too, am on my way to continue my journey in becoming a productive part of society.”

In a press release from the National Law Enforcement And Firefighters Children’s Foundation, Williams’ teachers and friends describe him as a highly motivated, bright, conscientious student with a positive attitude.

Since the launch of the NLEAFCF scholarship and grant program in 2006, 250 college scholarships and special need grants across 32 states have been awarded.

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