Legacy Award of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc

The Legacy Award of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF 103) was established to remember the 270 lives lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988. 

Our Legacy Award Fellows
We are pleased to announce the 2020-21 Legacy Fellow, Nicholas R. Benton. More information about all of our Legacy Award Fellows is available here.

To apply to the Legacy Award of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc.

  • Legacy Awards are available to students pursuing advanced degrees at U.S. institutions in areas of study related to improved national security and terrorism prevention.
  • Awards provide up to $5,000 per year, per recipient.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Individuals who completed their undergraduate degree in the United States, and who are or will be enrolling in a graduate program in the United States are eligible to apply. The award is contingent upon matriculation into a graduate program by the awardee.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate a capacity for leadership, have a record of high academic or professional achievement, and have clearly defined career interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments related to national security and terrorism prevention. All fields of study will be considered.


  • Applications are accepted beginning November 1st of each year.
  • The deadline to submit an application is February 21st of the following year.
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by February 28th.

How to Apply
To be considered for this award, please submit an application at http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/a4Fr3b49nWlQ
Application Outline
The application consists of 4 parts:

  • Basic information about the applicant, including proposed program of study
  • CV/resume and transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 3 short essay questions:
    • Personal Statement (1000 words)
    • Description of how the applicants graduate studies and/or research contribute to improved national security and/or terrorism prevention (1000 words)
    • Open question to allow the applicant to provide other information for the selection committee (250 words)

For questions concerning the Legacy Award and the application please contact: Judy O’Rourke at jlorourk@gmail.com

Additional Information
The organization, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. was formed by family members of those lost in this terrorist bombing. The organization’s goals are to: discover the truth behind the bombing; seek justice for our loved ones; ensure the airline industry maintains and improves safety measures; educate the public about this incident; and support one another.