Become a Remembrance Scholar

group photo of 37 students standing in front of an old gray stone building.

The Remembrance Scholarship is one of the highest awards a Syracuse University student can receive and is awarded to seniors chosen for service to the community, leadership, and distinguished scholarship. The motto of the Remembrance Scholars is to "LOOK BACK and ACT FORWARD." The Scholars' mission is to educate the campus community about terrorism by relating Syracuse University’s Pam Am Flight 103 experience to more current events, and provide avenues to create a better community through service and positive actions.

"Serving as a Remembrance Scholar provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn about the 35 Syracuse University students killed on Pan Am Flight 103 and share their stories, memories, and unfilled dreams. This experience has truly defined my senior year so far and I will continue to honor all those impacted by terrorism by acting forward to make the communities I am a part of more kind, informed, and civically engaged places."
-- Hanna Nichols, 2019-2020 Remembrance Scholar.


Remembrance Scholarship Selection Criteria

Service to the community:

  • Record of sustained engagement, and commitment to improving the lives of others, on campus or in broader communities
  • Understanding of and demonstrated interest in current events at the local, national, and global level


  • Record of personal integrity
  • Demonstrated ability to effect meaningful change or improvement within the campus or community, whether by organizing, mobilizing, or inspiring others.
  • Ability to relate academic and service work to important social issues, and to translate this understanding into “acting forward”

Distinguished scholarship:

  • Commitment to academic success as evidenced by challenging coursework, independent research or creative inquiry, and/or contributions to the academic environment of school, college, or university
  • Evidence of creativity and innovative spirit

Duties of the Remembrance Scholars

If selected as one of the 35 Remembrance Scholars, you will be required to do the following: 

  • Discuss and decide, as individuals and as a group, how to “Look Back, Act Forward” through education and service
  • Represent the Syracuse University students lost on Pan Am 103 as well as all 270 victims (each Scholar is paired with one of the 35 SU students; this may involve connection with family members)
  • Meet once per week from August through November to plan Remembrance Week (held in late October); serve on at least one subcommittee in addition to this weekly meeting
  • Coordinate education and outreach in the fall and spring by visiting classes and student groups
  • Plan, organize, publicize, and participate in a calendar of events during Remembrance Week (typically including a candlelight vigil, panel discussions, service/volunteer activities, open mic night, displays, and the rose-laying and convocation ceremonies); scholars may choose to plan events in spring as well
  • Remembrance Scholars who are abroad during the fall semester may participate in such plans and activities at the SU Abroad Center in the country in which they are studying
  • Serve/act as ambassadors to the Remembrance Scholarship Program by educating the campus community about the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack
  • Engage with the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
  • Welcome to our community the two Lockerbie Scholars, students studying at SU from Lockerbie, Scotland