The state is willing to pay for college for the children and other dependents of the 50 people killed when a commuter plane crashed near Buffalo, Gov. David Paterson said Wednesday.
Paterson announced the Flight 3407 memorial scholarship program at the University at Buffalo, which had ties to 11 people on the Feb. 12 New Jersey-to-Buffalo Continental flight.
The fund will pay for four years of tuition, room and board and supplies at a New York public college, or provide the equivalent amount -- currently almost $74,000 -- for a private in-state college education.
The money will come from the State University of New York budget.
Paterson said he doesn't know how many people may qualify.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.