Fund Declaration

With respect for donor intent, all funds received are to be distributed as stated in the Families of Freedom Fund® Declaration.

(Note: Scholarship America® was known as Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America (CSFA) when it founded Families of Freedom. The name CSFA was shortened to Scholarship America on January 1, 2003.)

Declaration Establishing the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America (“CSFA”), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation, hereby establishes a separate fund of CSFA that shall be known and designated as the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund (the “Fund”). The Fund shall be held and administered on the following terms:

1. The purpose of the Fund is to provide education assistance for postsecondary study to financially needy dependents of those people killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and during the rescue activities relating to those attacks.

2. As parts of the Fund and in addition to the general Fund, CSFA shall maintain separate sub-funds primarily to benefit dependents of the following groups of victims for the purpose described in paragraph 1: (a) airplane crew and passengers, (b) World Trade Center workers and visitors, (c) Pentagon workers and visitors, and (d) rescue workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel. In granting assistance from each such sub-fund, CSFA shall give preference to dependents of the group of victims for which that sub-fund is named. CSFA may establish additional sub-funds from time to time.

3. All determinations of compliance with eligibility criteria, financial need, and award amounts shall be made by CSFA in its discretion. CSFA may develop such additional criteria, limitations and administrative procedures for the Fund as it determines are desirable and consistent with the purpose set forth in paragraph 1.

4. Assistance from the Fund must be used to defray costs of undergraduate education at accredited two- or four-year colleges, universities, or vocational-technical schools based in the United States.

5. The assets of the Fund, including income and principal, shall be used for the purposes described in paragraphs 1, 2, and 8.

6. CSFA may in its discretion accept contributions to the Fund from any individual, corporation, or other source.

7. Assets of the Fund may be commingled for purpose of investment with other assets of CSFA.

8. CSFA may from time to time make a charge to income of the Fund in an amount reasonably calculated to reimburse CSFA’s direct and indirect costs incurred in the administration of the Fund.

9. The Board of Directors of CSFA may redirect any excess assets of the Fund or any sub-fund to support other postsecondary education scholarship programs of CSFA, upon the good faith determination of at least two-thirds of the directors that the need for the type of assistance described in paragraphs 1 and 2 above has been met, or can with reasonable certainty be met, with less than all of the assets of the Fund or sub-fund. In any event, any assets remaining in the Fund as of December 31, 2030, may thereafter be used by CSFA to support other postsecondary education scholarship programs. (1)

Dated as of the 17th day of September, 2001.
By William C. Nelsen, President

1. In February 2008 the Scholarship America Board of Trustees voluntarily determined that any assets remaining in the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund after 2030 shall only be used to provide postsecondary scholarship assistance to the families of those killed or disabled on September 11, 2001 and their descendants. Please click here for the full text of the Board of Trustees Resolution.

Keeping Dreams Alive

Maureen"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."

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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.

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