Sept. 11 hero’s widow to visit U, donate $30,000

by Paul Sand

Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 hero and University of Minnesota alumnus Tom Burnett, will visit campus tonight and make a $30,000 donation to a scholarship award in her late husband’s name.

The Tom Burnett Jr. Leadership & Scholarship Award is for students who are leaders in their schools and communities. The award focuses on improving the recipients’ leadership skills by requiring and providing leadership training.

“One of the goals of the award is to establish 50 scholarships – one in each state,” Burnett said. “I wanted to use the leadership scholarship at the University of Minnesota as a model for the other 49.”

The presentation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway alumni center.