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The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation

A Year to Reflect on Sacrifice, Solitude and Gratitude

March 1,2016

Dear Friends of the MLMF,

It is almost unimaginable that this fall will mark the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks and the loss of my son, Firefighter Michael F. Lynch. Michael’s future was bright as he was about to be married and start a family of his own. Yet he gave his life bravely, in sacrifice, as he attempted to save others. My sorrow is deep and remains with me every day. Yet I am deeply grateful that with your support, this Foundation honors Michael’s decision and his memory through the wonderful young women and men that receive this scholarship. In lieu of a fundraising dinner...[ read more ]

Our mission is to provide grants (scholarships) to enable children of firefighters and other victims of the September 11 attacks and other fires and disasters to afford higher education.

Photo by Tom Baker at Liberty Park NJ, Sept 11, 2003

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The Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity and donations are tax deductible.  In addition to general donations, the Foundation generates funds through various fundraising events and activities.

Thanks to the continued generosity of donors over the past 13 years, the foundation has granted 158 college scholarships totaling more than $4.6 Million dollars to a very deserving group of students. Importantly, since the Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation is an All-Volunteer organization, 98 cents of every dollar donated is directed to the scholarship program. A list of these grants and other information may be obtained upon request.  Our Legal page contains additional details.

Please give generously.  From a terrible tragedy, an opportunity to help finance the education of these young people is a living tribute to the human spirit and our collective resolve to respond to adversity with courage, strength, compassion and hope. This foundation provides the means to help change the world in which we live, one person at a time, by building a vision for the future where the students of today become tomorrow’s stewards of peace and freedom.

Quotes from our scholarship recipients:

On my bedroom shelf is a beautiful glass plaque with Michael’s Fire Dpt. helmet etched on it.   I received it in the spring of 2011 as a Michael Lynch Scholarship recipient.  It’s an awesome reminder of not only being awarded such a fabulous scholarship, but of a young man who I never met.  Everyone has heard about Michael’s bravery, selflessness, compassion and service.  My parents have told me about his incredible family and all that they do to make these awards available. The ongoing herculean effort to provide these scholarships to young adults is beyond inspiring.  The scholarship was instrumental in helping me obtain my undergraduate degree in accounting from the University at Albany.   I graduated Cum Laude in May and started graduate school this past September.  I was on my way to get the educational requirements to become a CPA.  Then my brother Keith and I received a letter from the FDNY – telling us we were candidates for appointment.  We were both sworn in this past January.  As I left for the FDNY swearing in ceremony – I looked at my Michael Lynch plaque and smiled.  I am so proud and honored to be given a chance to continue his legacy of commitment and service.   I like to think that Michael is happy about this too.     

Again, I thank the Lynch Family for the opportunity to “create a world of light where freedom and peace are cherished by all”.


Robert J. Klein

I am overwhelmed and truly honored by this award. As I look forward to college days ahead at Boston University’s School of Music, I promise to carry on Michael’s tradition of love of family, honor, integrity and bravery and always remember him with warmth and deep respect.
- Justin C. Werner II

My family and I are extremely grateful to receive this award. This grant will aid in the pursuit of my nursing education. I only hope that I can make a difference by helping others like Michael Lynch and the FDNY have.
- Kaitlyn Hurley

I am very honored and privileged to have received this award. As I begin my studies at Johns Hopkins University, I will remember Firefighter Michael Lynch as a role model and I am very grateful.
- Catherine Melia

"Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles in the cold."
 -André Maurois.
On today of all days, this quote stands out to me for speaking a single truth. In a world where one is beset on all sides by barrages of information, opinion, and hearsay it is nearly impossible to forge an independent conviction. In a world where one is beset on all sides by senseless violence, sponsored greed, and reckless hate, it is nearly impossible to read between the blurred lines of right and wrong.
So that's why today I say thank you to my family. When searching for conviction, I see the steadfast resolve with which you have built everything from nothing. When searching for courage, I see your faces, steeled with the resolve to continue to work for good. When I search for the difference between right and wrong, I see you standing proudly in New York, showing the world that good can come from anything. And when I searched for heroes, I looked to you and saw sacrifice.
Thank You.
- By Ryan Baker, 9/11/2013 (Student at Kenyon College)

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