September 3rd, 2008


Federal scholarships for orphans in the USA?

Setting: NY, 2003
Summary: An American friend of mine told me that there was some sort of federal support for orphans (even if only of one parent) to go to college. For the story I'm writing I need to know a few more details, starting with what this scholarship/support would comprise, how to get it, how to find out about it (I was at the Federal Scholarships site and wasn't particularly enlightened), if it's in any way dependent on the grades, and other relevant facts.
Searches: Google => federal scholarships orphans
I found several sites for this but none of them confirmed that all you needed was to be orphan from one parent to get federal money. I actually don't care where the money comes from - I see that the American Orphan Association also gives scholarships depending on eligibility and grades. The kid in my story still has a father who is in jail and has good grades but a history of problems at school - fights. Would he be able to get some money at all, from anyone?

Paddy's lamentation.

I’m writing a contemporary vampire novel. In this novel I have an Irish vampire, who immigrated to the United states in the middle of the civil war, was drafted by the union army and fought in the eastern theater. He was shot in the stomach at Antietam and lay dying when he was turned into a vampire by accident. The vampire who made him, an ex-slave called Bathsheba was walking through the battlefield at night feeding on the dying men. She got badly scratched on the face by one of these men and was bleeding when she fed on him. The blood trickled into his open mouth, he swallowed it and was turned into a vampire.

Now here are my questions:

1). How soon after immigrating to America would a male Irish immigrant be drafted? I've seen it dramatized in Gangs of New York, where they were drafting them right off the boat. But I doubt that is the case.

2). Michael O'Riordan the character in question was from a rural part of Ireland uneducated and quite superstitious. He sees Bathsheba above him before she feeds on him. However this is the 1860s would he think that she is a Banshee

Now I’ve looked up Banshees and Irish in the Civil War on wikipedia but I didn’t find much, that would be useful.