School failed to award 9/11 scholarship

May 3, 2011 at 3:00 AM
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NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- The mother of a Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism victim said City University of New York administrators failed for two years to award scholarships in her son's name.

Nelly Braginsky said CUNY administrators failed to award the scholarship, which she funded with $100,000 of the life insurance money from the death of her son, Alexander Braginsky, the New York Post reported Monday.

"Nelly doesn't feel that she could trust them anymore ... and if she passes, she's not sure what's going to happen," attorney Anna Latkovskaia said. "She doesn't trust them and she will put the money in another charity."

James Muyskens, president of the college, said officials erred in failing to award the scholarship, but said they still fulfilled their obligation to award "up to two" of the scholarships, since zero is less than two.

Braginsky said she's planning to sue the school to get the scholarship money back despite a threat from college officials to take down a plaque in his honor in a Queens College room she funded with an additional $100,000 donation.

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