Families of Freedom News

Updates: September 2016
New Issue Of The Source Newsletter: Download Now

The Source newsletter features everything you need to know about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. The most recent issue features a fund performance update, an introduction of new Scholarship America CEO Robert C. Ballard, information about the Never Forget Tribute Classic and much more.

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Updates: September 2015
New Fund Update Now Available

New York - September 10, 2015 - Scholarship America is pleased to announce that its Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®—the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families—has surpassed $115.9 million in total scholarship awards to 2,825 students since September 11, 2001. That figure includes $12,539,530 in needs-based scholarships to support 760 students during the 2014-15 academic year.

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation's largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization. The Fund provides private scholarships for children, spouses and domestic partners of people who were killed on September 11, 2001, or permanently disabled during the rescue operation. The Fund is transforming the lives and supporting the educational dreams of families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were killed or permanently disabled in the attacks.

"The underlying principle of the Fund is that cultivating educational opportunities and success for the families of 9/11 is the most enduring tribute we can make to those whom we lost. It's a triumph that more than 2,800 students have now been given a real chance to pursue their education dreams after their families were deeply affected by very painful tragedies," said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, Executive Director, Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. "We are extremely grateful to our donors for their generous support of the Fund as we continue to help more and more family members to achieve success in life."

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Updates: September 2014
New Fund Update and The Source Newsletter Now Available

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® crossed a remarkable milestone in summer 2014, distributing more than $100 million to financially needy dependents of those killed or injured in the 9/11 attacks and rescue efforts -- including more than $11 million for the 2014-15 academic year. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is the largest private scholarship fund for the children, spouses and domestic partners of victims of the attacks; it is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

Each year, fund updates are provided on this site and through The Source newsletter. You can now find the "state of the fund" statistics on the Fund Update page, and you can download the Summer 2014 issue of The Source here.

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Update: September 2013

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Awards Over $91 Million in Need-Based Scholarships to Family Members and Rescue Workers Since September 11, 2001

More Than $11 Million In Scholarships Awarded to 779 Students In 2012 – 2013 Academic Year

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® has distributed $91,729,985 in awards to 2,374 students over the past 12 years. This figure includes $11 million in new needs-based postsecondary scholarships awarded during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is the largest private scholarship fund for children, spouses and domestic partners of people who were tragically killed on September 11, 2001, or permanently disabled during the rescue operation, transforming the lives and supporting the educational dreams of families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were permanently disabled in the attacks.

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For more news, visit the Press Release Archive; for updated statistics visit the Actuarial Information page; to contact the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund for media purposes, click here.

"A college education is one of the best ways to improve someone’s future, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to pay for it. Financial assistance from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is one small way we can help members of the 9/11 community who have gone through so much. Please find out if your family is eligible, and if so, register; it can help change your life."
-- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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."

Register & Apply

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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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.

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