Scholarship fund to honor Florida nightclub shooting victims

The Pulse nightclub sign is pictured after the mass shooting last week in Orlando, Florida, united states on 21 June 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo RTSL995

ORLANDO, Florida. – A Florida businessman is raising scholarship money for gay students in honor of the 49 clients were killed last June in Orlando gay night club shooting massacre.

Barry Miller said Monday that The 49-Fund is to award 10 scholarships annually, each in the amount of $4,900. Students would have to identify themselves as “from”, have a GPA of 3.0 and be attending an institution of higher education, full-time.

Survivors of the Pulse nightclub attack, or death of family members of the victims would receive special attention, said Miller, who is working on the project with the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and the Central Florida Foundation.

Shooter Omar Mateen promised allegiance to the Islamic State in the attack last June 12. The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, also left dozens wounded in addition to the 49 killed.

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