The Michael J. Armstrong Memorial Foundation was established in loving memory of Michael J. Armstrong, who made the ultimate sacrifice as a victim of the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001.
The family, fiancée and friends of Michael have created this Foundation in his name to preserve his memory and the core values that Michael exemplified – love, generosity and loyalty. The Foundation’s goal is to perpetuate the principles by which Michael lived every day and through which he made a profound impact on many lives. Through his integrity, determination and compassion, Michael was able to achieve so much in such a short time. While there is no doubt that Michael will be remembered by the fortunate people who knew him, the Michael J. Armstrong Memorial Foundation will ensure that his legacy is realized by young men and women who face financial challenges and demonstrate Michael’s thirst for knowledge and zest for life.
In order to achieve this goal in Michael’s memory, the Foundation will award scholarship grants to such organizations as the Loyola School and Fordham University, both of which Michael was a proud alum. Other beneficiaries include the East Harlem Tutorial Program, which provides one-to-one tutoring as well as youth development and family support programs in East Harlem; the Child Protection Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the St. Barnabas Hospital Child Advocacy Center, both of which provide medical and social services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or neglect; the New York City Fund for Public Schools; and the Harlem Children’s Zone, a community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children and families in some of New York City’s most devastated neighborhoods. An annual statement with specific pay-outs will be made available at the end of our fiscal year.
This endowment will be a fitting tribute to Michael from all that have been so ardently influenced and continue to be inspired by his life.