The Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund Website

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Our Reason for Being…

In Memory of Christopher, with Love

Following in the footsteps of his Firefighter father, Christopher Santora was a member of Engine 54/Ladder 4 for only 2 months before he lost his life tragically on 9/11. Before he signed up for the FDNY Fire Academy, he’d already followed in the footsteps of his mother as a teacher in the NYC Public School system. No grass grew under his feet, as they say. Christopher had a certain, special “something.”

In memory and celebration of Christopher and the special person he was, the Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the continuing education of young American students from all walks of life who have something special about them as well.

We award scholarships not based on school grades, or recommendations, or academic successes. In fact, we never even know to whom we’re awarding the scholarships until we’ve determined the winners. So how do we pick our scholars?

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Featured Items

Purchase Your Journal Ads

Online ordering for the 2014 Journal is now open

Posted in the “Journal” section on January 28th, 2014

Taking an ad in our Journal does more than simply support our Scholarship Fund. It encourages our scholarship winners to strive on. It provides them with the praise and recognition of people who, even though they might not know them, applaud their achievement.

Your support of our Journal through your ads is extremely important to us.

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Purchase Your Dinner Dance Tickets

Posted in the “Dinner Dance” section on January 28th, 2014
Purchase Your Dinner Dance Tickets

WHEN: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 7pm—Midnight
WHERE: Riccardo’s by the Bridge
PRICE: $75 per ticket

Starting February 1st, 2014, you can purchase your tickets to the Annual Dinner Dance conveniently and securely online! Get yours before they’re sold out!

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Remembering 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Posted in the “Site News” section on September 11th, 2013

Each day for the past 12 years Al and I have remembered September 11, 2001 as the saddest day of our lives. On that hate filled day our only son Christopher was murdered. He was one of 2,974 people who died that day. He was our only boy. He will be forever be remembered by us.

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2013 Guardian Angel Award

Miss Michelle Koutsoubelis

Posted in the “Site News” section on June 14th, 2013

Guardian Angels are special beings that watch over you. They ensure that everything is right. Each year we honor people who have supported our organization in a special way and have helped us continue our mission of giving students that hope that they can fulfill their dreams.

This year we are honoring a very special woman who has contributed to our efforts consistently, year in, year out. Our 2013 Guardian Angel is Miss Michelle Koutsoubelis.

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2012 Guardian Angel Awards

Posted in the “Site News” section on June 8th, 2012

Guardian Angels are special beings that watch over you. They ensure that everything is right. Each year we honor people who have supported our organization in a special way and have helped us continue our mission of giving students that hope that they can fulfill their dreams.

This year we are honoring 3 special women who we have wanted to honor for a long time. Each year they have refused. We told them that this was the year. So it is with great pleasure that we honor our special friends and extended family members Illona Ahlgren, Alice Lee and Sheila Morris.

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We Remember

Posted in the “Books” section on June 4th, 2010
We Remember

My third book, We Remember, is a special keepsake. When I decided to begin the project asking family members to write about their loved ones as they were growing up, I wanted to make sure that the families understood how important this legacy would be to future generations. It was a difficult request to ask parents and siblings to write about their sons and daughters and brothers and sisters. Putting into words what was important brought myriad emotions. I was aware that wounds would be opened, but I also knew that when the story was written all who participated would be glad that they had made the effort.

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The Day the Towers Fell

Posted in the “Books” section on January 28th, 2009
The Day the Towers Fell

“The Day the Towers” Fell was written to help explain what happened on September 11, 2001. This book tries to explain the horrors of 9/11 in a less graphic way. It was written with love by a 27–year NYC Public School teacher/childhood educator who is also the mother of one of the 343 Firefighters who lost their lives that day.

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My Son Christopher

Posted in the “Books” section on January 27th, 2009
My Son Christopher

“My Son Christopher” is the story of a mother’s unconditional love for her son. “No matter what he ever did I loved him because he was my son,” the author, Maureen Crethan Santora, explains.

Written for the 5–8 year old age group, this is a book that seeks to nurture and reassure, something all of our children can use more of.

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Interview with Maureen and Al on the death of bin Laden

Posted in the “Site News” section on August 27th, 2011

Maureen and Al shared their thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden with the Al Jazeera network.

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What’s New?

Scholarship Essay Contest Closed for this Year

If you entered, we wish you luck!

Posted in the “Scholarship Fund” section on March 10th, 2014
Scholarship Essay Contest Closed for this Year

The Scholarship Essay Contest runs from January to February of each year. In January we hand out the School packets and announce the question. In February we collect the essay submissions online and from the schools. Then the judging begins.

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Maureen & Al with Shepard Smith

Discuss 9/11 Families Meeting with Pres. Obama

Posted in the “Site News” section on May 5th, 2011

Click through to view the complete video.

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No Mosque at Ground Zero

Is it possible to be astonished, but not surprised?

Posted in the “Site News” section on August 16th, 2010

Video from Pat Condell, British comedian, on the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Except he’s not being funny, he’s being very, very serious. It’s worth your 6 minutes. Trust us.

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The Essays are in the Judges’ hands

We await their scoring!

Posted in the “Scholarship Fund” section on March 9th, 2014

UPDATE: the Judges are in possession of the essays. They will be read, scored and once those scores are submitted we will have our 2014 winners! (Remember, the decision of our Judges is final!)

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Military Tribunal of Majid Shoukat Khan

USS COLE and 9/11 Conspirator receives 19–25 years for his role as an Al Qaeda operative.

Posted in the “Site News” section on March 8th, 2012

Dear USS COLE and 9/11 Families,

We write to update you on a recently concluded proceeding in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in United States v. Majid Shoukat Khan.

On February 13, 2012, Majid Shoukat Khan was charged in a Military Commission with five violations of the Law of War; Charge I: Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Violation of the Law of War, Providing Material Support for Terrorism and Spying; Charge II: Murder in Violation of the Law of War; Charge III: Attempted Murder in Violation of the Law of War; Charge IV: Providing Material Support for Terrorism; and Charge V: Spying. On February 15, 2012, the case was referred to a military commission as a non-capital case.

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A Special Book Recommendation

We thought that Christopher would have loved this book!

Posted in the “Site News” section on June 27th, 2011
A Special Book Recommendation

I met Gerald Meunier at a recent book publishing summit I attended to promote my books. He has written a wonderful book that I believe Christopher would have loved. I would like to recommend it to all of the site visitors as a great read. Please take a look at the book synopsis here. We think you’ll like it too!

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New Video: Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque

Posted in the “Site News” section on November 6th, 2010

A new video purports to shed light on the motives behind the proposed mega-mosque planned by the Cordoba Initiative for construction near the site of Ground Zero.

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What’s Up With That?

Posted in the “Site News” section on January 24th, 2010

Early in January the Huffington Post reported on International Living’s 30th annual “Quality of Life Index.” France ranked #1 and the image used as that country’s national symbol was, of course, the Eiffel Tower. The United States placed seventh and symbolizing us wasn’t the US Capitol or the Empire State Building; it was the missing World Trade Center…

It would be hard to imagine a worse message to send the world than a 1776-foot tombstone and the “largest manmade falls in North America” — whose roar will recall the horrifying sound of crumbling towers — instead of the simple, stirring memorial that belongs there. They might as well include a neon sign flashing “Second-Class Country.” A headline about a mock-up of the morbid memorial falls in the 1/23/10 New York Post read: “9/11 shrine’s cascade of grief begins flowing!” Who thinks we’ve become the kind of country that enshrines grief? Whose doing is that? Not the people’s — that’s for sure.

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Rebels With a Cause

Group Seeks to Ensure Rank and Title Appear with Names of 9/11 Responders

Posted in the “Site News” section on September 13th, 2009
Rebels With a Cause

Mayor Bloomberg, along with the 9/11 Memorial Planning Board, have long proposed that the Ranks and Titles of First Responders be stripped from the Memorial, and that they not be grouped separately as FDNY or PAPD or NYPD, etc. Rather, they would have the Rank-less and Title-less First Responder names be mixed amongst those of all of the deceased, so as not to “single them out” for extraordinary notice.

Please support the group ”911 Rank-Title Matter For All” in any way you can.

Learn more about this Group…

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From our 9/11 Headlines Page…


Most Recent News Post:

9/11 terrorists play games at trial

The south tower starts to collapse as smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. | Jim Collins~AP

The south tower starts to collapse as smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. | Jim Collins~AP

The terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, seem determined to sabotage their trial by turning it into a stage for guerrilla theater to mock American values and to promote their murderous cause of Islamist fanaticism.

The latest attempt at bringing to justice Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four henchmen got off to a chaotic, farcical start this weekend with their arraignment before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Early in the hearing, Ramzi Binalshibh knelt in the courtroom and started praying. Later, all five delayed the proceedings for 20 minutes by praying. The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, tolerated this abuse of a secular courtroom. For radical Muslims, their mere presence transforms any place into Islamic domain.

One of the defense lawyers, Cheryl Bormann, showed up in Muslim dress covering everything but her face and demanded the women on the prosecution team dress modestly “so that our clients are not forced to not look at the prosecution for fear of committing a sin under their faith.” The shameless hussies at the prosecution table were dressed in military or civilian jackets and skirts.

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