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In the aftermath of September 11, a number of U.S. colleges and universities created special scholarship funds to assist currently enrolled or future students who were dependents of 9/11 victims. Many of the colleges and universities listed below provide matching scholarships to students who receive Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund education assistance.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) also developed a List of Scholarship Funds Created for Victims of Terrorist Attacks. The list provides additional sources of personal and education assistance for victims’ dependents. Students should also check with their current or potential colleges or universities to see if special funding is available.
Bethany Lutheran College
Bethany Lutheran College (BLC), is a private, residential, Christian, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1927 owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Bethany College will provide $2,000 per student per year; maximum $8,000.
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A private four-year liberal arts college, Carleton is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is located in Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College will provide a matching Carleton Grant of up to $5,000 to students who receive educational assistance from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
The College of Wooster
Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and located in Wooster, Ohio, the College of Wooster is a private four-year liberal arts college focused on independent learning. The College of Wooster will match up to $10,000 in institutional scholarships and grants to students who receive educational assistance from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
Carol Wheatley, Director of Admissions
Computer Analytics, Inc.
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Computer Analytics, Inc. (CAI) of will provide training services at a 30% discount to students paying own tuition and who are not receiving other scholarship funds. Free tuition may be available to students meeting unique guidelines.
Dr. Amir Elahi, President
Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd is a private liberal arts four-year college whose mission is to assist students to develop a disciplined intellect, trained imagination, and a motivation to lead. Eckerd College, will match up to $2,000 per year per full-time student who has received educational assistance from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Richard R. Hallin
Emory College is the four-year, undergraduate division of Emory University that offers an innovative, rigorous, liberal arts curriculum. The undergraduate program combines state-of-the-art university resources and a commitment to teaching undergraduate students. The college is known for academic excellence and progressive thinking that challenges students to do something with what they learn. Atlanta complements Emory’s learning environment with a setting rich in resources for enrichment, employment, and entertainment. The Cohen 911 Scholarship will provide financial aid assistance to the son or daughter of the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.
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Hampshire is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hampshire College will provide a match of $2,000 per student.
Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and located in Jamestown, North Dakota, Jamestown is a private four-year liberal arts college. Jamestown College will match up to $500 per year per student who meets eligibility requirements for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
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Located in St. Charles, Missouri, and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Lindenwood is a four-year liberal arts college known nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship and extraordinary dedication to students. Lindenwood University will annually match scholarships received by recipients of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are renewable up to four years provided the student maintains good academic standing with the University.
A private four-year liberal arts college located in Rockville Center, New York, Molloy is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Molloy College will match scholarships received by students through the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund up to $5,000 per student.
Providing a four-year liberal arts curriculum, Muskingum is located in New Concord, Ohio, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Muskingum College will match scholarship support awarded to students through the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund up to $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years.
New York University
New York University is one of the largest private research universities in the country and is located in the heart of New York City. Renowned for academic excellence, the college offers an extensive curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences as well as pre-professional study in law, medicine, and dentistry. NYU's September 11 Scholarship fund was established by Martin Lipton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NYU, to support the undergraduate education of the spouses and children of uniformed fire, police, and emergency workers who were killed in the September 11, 2001 tragedy at the World Trade Center. This scholarship supports tuition, registration fees, and room and board.
Visit the NYU September 11 Scholarship Fund website, or download scholarship criteria here.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame, located in Notre Dame, Indiana, is a private four-year university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The University of Notre Dame is committed to meeting full financial need of students who are dependents of September 11 victims.
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Pace is a private four-year university located in New York, New York. Pace University established the Pace Remembers Scholarship to provide renewable full tuition scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who are dependents of September 11 victims.
Janice M. Hilbrink
Director of Endowed Scholarships & Financial Aid Training Institute
A private four-year university located in Forest Grove, Oregon, Pacific is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Pacific University will provide two matching scholarships per year – one undergraduate and one graduate – to recipients of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. The undergraduate scholarship will not exceed $9,000 per year; the graduate scholarship $2,500.
Saint Joseph’s College
Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Joseph’s is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Standish, Maine. Saint Joseph’s College will provide an annual matching scholarship up to $1,000 to for recipients of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
St. Mary ’s College
Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Saint Mary’s is a private four-year liberal arts college for women affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Saint Mary’s College will provide a matching scholarship for dependents of September 11 victims who receive a Dollars for Scholars award and who are a recipient of a Families of Freedom Scholarship.
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The University of Scranton
A comprehensive, co-educational institution, the University of Scranton is, by tradition, choice and heartfelt commitment, a Catholic and Jesuit university. The Michael S. Costello Memorial Scholarship will provide scholarship funds on an annual basis to undergraduate students registered with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. Average award is $3,000.
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Suffolk, a private four-year private university, is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Up to five scholarships for full-time undergraduate study will be provided by Suffolk University to dependents of September 11 victims.
Christine A. Perry
A private four-year Christian, interdenominational liberal arts college, Taylor is located in Upland, Indiana. Taylor University will provide one scholarship to a dependent of a September 11 victim. The scholarship will be for 25% of tuition. Dependent must meet standard admissions criteria and demonstrate financial need.
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A private three-year junior and liberal arts college in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Waldorf College will match up to $500 for student recipients of Families of Freedom Scholarships.
Duane Polsdofer, Jr.
Financial Aid Director
Wheeling Jesuit University
Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit is a private four-year university and liberal arts college affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Wheeling Jesuit University will match up to $500 to any student receiving a Families of Freedom Scholarship.
"The Families of Freedom Scholarship sustains the memories of all those lost or suffering due to 9/11. It is so humbling that donors, who are seemingly strangers, can show such kindness and compassion. Scholarship America gives me strength and hope for a better future."
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund benefits financially needy dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners of 9/11 victims. If you are eligible to receive assistance, you'll need to complete a one-time registration; after that, you will need to submit an application each year.
Use the "Planning Ahead" Estimated Award Calculator to stimate what the family is expected to contribute to the student's college expenses, and the amount that may be awarded to you for the upcoming academic year.