Bowdoin College announced on Monday it had waived the tuition of sophomore Justin Ramos, the son of Rafael Ramos, one of the New York City police officers shot and killed while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn on Saturday. The Maine college said it would provide Ramos full financial aid to complete his education. Room and board at the small liberal arts college runs around $60,000 a year.
The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, a charity started by late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to help the children of first responders in New York City get an education, said it would pay for the remainder of Justin Ramos and his 13-year-old younger brother’s educations. Bowdoin College told the Ramos family over the weekend, however, the school would cover the cost of attendance.
“At President Mills’s direction, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster informed Justin early Sunday morning that the College will provide full financial aid to enable him to complete his Bowdoin education,” the college said in a statement on Monday. “This is in keeping with Bowdoin’s practice of meeting the full financial need of each of our students for all four years. We are grateful for the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation’s offer to assist, but Bowdoin has it covered.”
The other officer killed during the ambush, Wenjian Liu, did not have any children.