Asia was one of three exceptional students who had been chosen to go on a four-day National Geographic field trip. Accompanied by their individual teachers, they were flying from Washington, DC to go to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Barbara, California. Asia SiVon Cottom, 11, was one of three DC Public School students who died on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001.
The Cottom’s whole world changed on that day. No parent imagines losing a child and no parent is prepared to move on in life without them. Dealing with the loss of their daughter was indescribable for Clifton and Michelle Cottom. In the days and weeks following 9/11 they were amazed by the outpouring of support, even from complete strangers, in the form of cards, letters and money. They began to wonder what to do with the funds, and finally decided to honor their daughter’s memory in a way that highlighted her academic achievements: by establishing a scholarship in her memory.
Scholarship Dollars Awarded
Our Goal For ASC Graduates
- ASC Scholars Who Will Continue Into Math and Sciences 50% 50%
- ASC Graduates That Will Continue Into Engineering 20% 20%
- ASC Graduates That Will Continue Onto Technology Fields 30% 30%
Asia's New Wings
While the Cottoms were pleased to be able to help those who need assistance in attaining a college education, they wanted to share more of Asia’s story.
The couple courageously authored a book, ‘Asia’s New Wings: The Untold Story of a Young Girl Lost on 9/11’ (released 2014) sharing what all those who loved her went through and the healing process.
You can purchase Asia’s New Wings and read first hand the story.
Their goal is to share their experience, provide coping skills, and bring healing, comfort and relief to those who are experiencing loss. They offer compassion to help others come to a place of acceptance, when trying to make sense of suffering great loss.
Your donation helps provide college students financial assistance through scholarship awards to supplement financial obligations for tuition and educational fees.
Asia's New Wings
ASIA’S NEW WINGS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL LOST IN 9/11
By Clifton and Michelle Cottom