Legacy Award Fellows

The Legacy Award of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. was established to further the goals of our organization by supporting students pursuing advanced degrees in areas of study related to improved national security and terrorism prevention. The first Legacy Award was made in the fall of 2017.

We are pleased to announce the 2020-21 Legacy Fellow, Nicholas R. Benton. Nicholas joined the United States Navy in 2012 and served four years before returning to college at Portland State, where he received his bachelor’s degree. During his undergraduate years, Nicholas studied in both Moscow and London, and he has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Nicholas is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University. He plans a career as an analyst focused on national security and emphasizes the need for developing understanding across cultures in order to positively impact terrorism prevention and national security.

Previous Fellows

Kelly Abbinanti is the 2019-20 Legacy Fellow. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University, Kelly has worked as an analyst for the U.S. Department of State and defense consulting firms. She is pursuing a degree at Georgetown’s Security Studies Program (SSP) and plans to become a state department foreign service officer.

Katherine “Katie” Rahmlow is the 2018-19 Legacy Fellow. She is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and is an analyst in Washington D.C. Katie, finished her master of public administration degree at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in June, 2020 where her areas of interest are technology law and policy, as well as cybersecurity.

Allison Miller was the first Legacy Fellow in 2017-18. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her Legacy Award was renewed in 2018-19 to enable her to complete her research examining how community engagement can prevent violence. Her dissertation specifically focused on violent extremism and gang violence. Dr. Miller completed both her Masters in Public Health and her PhD in May 2020.