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The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® benefits financially needy dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners (1) of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers; World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors; and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.
Families of Freedom Scholarships are available for children, including those born after September 11, 2001, who enroll in a program of postsecondary study by age 24. Those children who turn 24 during their course of study must then continue their program of study uninterrupted, with the exception of summer vacations, in order to continue receiving scholarship assistance.
As of February 15, 2012, spouses and domestic partners are again eligible to apply for scholarships, as the expiration date on this program has been lifted. As with all of Families of Freedom scholarships, the spousal and domestic partner awards are based upon financial need.
Scholarships may be used to attend an accredited vocational-technical school, trade school, two-year college, four-year college, or university located in the United States. Families of Freedom Scholarship recipients may receive scholarship awards for up to four years, or the equivalent if attendance is part-time, depending on total funding available. Eligibility for scholarship assistance is always based on financial need, as calculated by our financial need formula. Funds are available for undergraduate study and, in some case, for graduate study.
If you have questions about eligibility that are not answered on this page, you can see our Detailed Eligibility Guidelines or consult the Eligibility section of our FAQ. If you would like to get in touch, or think you or someone you know may be eligible to receive a Families of Freedom Scholarship, please call toll-free 1-877-862-0136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic partner scholarships are provided through the Benjamin Moore & Co. Heroes of America Fund, a subfund of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. (Return to article)
"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.