Scholarship keeps memory of flight attendant alive
NASHUA – Amy Todd Sweeney and Melanie Bergerson were lifelong friends. They rarely went more than a couple days without talking.
Then, 10 years ago, Todd Sweeney was taken from her family and friends without warning. A 1984 graduate of Nashua High School, she was killed when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Todd Sweeney, a resident of Acton, Mass., at the time, was a flight attendant on the hijacked airplane.
The last time Bergerson saw her friend was for a trip to Cape Cod a month before the attack.
“I miss her a lot,” Bergerson said. “Celebrating the things that have happened, having her there for things you need a friend for.”
Searching for a way to keep her memory alive, Todd Sweeney’s loved ones established a scholarship in her name. Since 2004, a female graduate from Nashua High School South has been awarded the $1,000 scholarship. Bergerson said they look for students who exemplify the same types of principles as her friend: a caring person who has dedicated time to give back to her community.
Initially, the scholarship was funded through the help of fellow graduate Tim Bush, along with donations from former classmates and others. A decade later, Bergerson said funding for the scholarship is running low, and she’s hoping the 10-year anniversary could act as a marker for donations.
“I’m just trying to keep her memory alive,” Bergerson said.
In June, Todd Sweeney’s mother, Ellie Stice, along with children Anna and Jack, attended an award ceremony where this year’s scholarship was presented to Alicia Buonamono. Childhood friend Linda Langsten also was in attendance.
Those wishing to contribute to the scholarship can send donations to The Amy Todd Sweeney Scholarship, c/o Triangle Credit Union, 33 Franklin Street, Nashua, NH 03064-2687, tax ID# 06-1747696.
Michael Brindley can be reached at 594-6426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.