01/08/2013 01:12 pm ET

Orange Bowl Committee, Host Of BCS Championship, Donates $1 Per Fan To Sandy Hook Fund

Alabama players weren’t the only ones to walk out of the Sun Life stadium feeling like winners on Monday night.

As Crimson Tide swiftly defeated Notre Dame at the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Monday, another university uninvolved in the match had reason to celebrate.

The Orange Bowl Committee, which hosted the football game, donated $1 for every fan in attendance to the University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund, UConn Today reports.

“While we continue to grieve for those who were lost in Newtown, we’re heartened by the outpouring of support for the scholarship fund,” University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said, according to the paper. “This generous gift will help support the transformational gift of higher education. The fund is a meaningful and respectful way to accomplish that.”

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up at the University of Connecticut in the wake of the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of 20 students and six faculty members on Dec. 14. The fund will help pay college costs for Sandy Hook students, siblings of victims and children of adult victims who choose to enroll in the college when they’re older, the Associated Press reports.

The Orange Bowl Committee’s $80,120 gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000, according to UConn Today.



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