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CA families may get chance at 9/11 scholarships

In this April 21, 2012, photo, Candice Hoglan poses for a portrait with her vehicle with a license plate commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in Sunnyvale, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

April 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Relatives of California residents killed in the Sept. 11 attacks may soon be able to benefit from millions of dollars raised by the state for college scholarships.

According to an investigation, the state of California collected more than $15 million for the sale and renewal of 9/11 memorial license plates after the terrorist attacks.

Many relatives of the victims never knew the money had been raised. Only a sliver of it went to scholarships, partly because of a state agency's failure to notify everyone who was eligible to apply.

Lawmakers now want to give them another opportunity to apply for the money, which is a $5,000 college stipend.

Residents of California, where all four jetliners were bound when they were hijacked, have bought or renewed the memorial license plates more than 200,000 times since 2002, spending $50 apiece to buy the plates and $40 a year to renew them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.