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Scholarship America manages and administers the following Memorial and Other Funds that provide assistance for postsecondary education for 9/11 families. These Funds are managed and administered separately from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and have separate eligibility criteria.
Except where noted, application for assistance from these Funds requires an application that is different from the application used for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. Eligible applicants should contact Scholarship America to inquire about the application process.
The Abraham Zelmanowitz-Edward Beyea Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships for the children of Empire BlueCross BlueShield employees and the children of Empire BlueCross BlueShield consultants who died on 9/11.
Calyon Financial Inc. World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Fund (formerly Carr Futures, Inc.)
Provides financial assistance for the education of the children of Carr Futures, Inc. employees or temporary workers killed on 9/11.
The Firefighter Michael Paul Ragusa Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships for the children of firefighters employed by various named New York City fire companies who survived the events of 9/11.
Freddie Mac MBS Mega Scholarship Fund
Established to honor the legacy of individuals killed on 9/11 who were contributors to the tremendously successful market for mortgage-backed securities. The Fund provides educational assistance to financially needy dependents, including children and spouses, of those killed or permanently disabled as a direct result of the attacks and rescue activites on 9/11. Please note that eligibility for this Fund is limited to the spouses and children of employees of Cantor Fitzgerald; Sandler O’Neill; and Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. (Applicants to this Fund may use the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund application form.)
The September 11, 2001 American Express Employees Memorial Scholarship Program
Provides scholarships for children of American Express employees killed on 9/11.
CFA Institute September 11 Memorial Scholarship Program
CFA Institute and The Research Foundation of CFA Institute have established a scholarship program to assist permanently disabled victims of the 9/11 attacks and dependent children, spouses and domestic partners of those persons who died or were permanently disabled as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks, who plan to pursue education in college or vocational school programs now or in the future. Scholarships are offered each year for part-time or full-time study for finance, economics, accounting or business ethics majors at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.
Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award. If selected, the student will receive an award of up to $25,000, depending on financial need. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Awards are for undergraduate study only, and are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender or disability.
Twin Towers Fund Scholarship Program
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani established, and many other individuals made contributions to, the Twin Towers Fund. The purpose of the Twin Towers Fund is to provide educational assistance for the families of uniformed services personnel and civilian rescue workers who lost their lives on 9/11 at the World Trade Center or during rescue operations. The Twin Towers Fund subsequently made a gift to Scholarship America for the purpose of establishing the Twin Towers Fund Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships for postsecondary education for Twin Towers Fund beneficiary families. Financial need is not a consideration for payment of awards from the Program, and eligible individuals receive a set award amount each year for a maximum of four years, indexed for inflation.
For eligibility and other questions regarding the two funds above, please contact Scholarship America by phone, fax or email.
Phone: 1-877-862-0136 (toll free)
"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.