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Updates: September 2014
New Fund Update and New Issue of 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.
September 11, 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.
Eleven Years Later, Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Has Awarded More Than $80 Million in Need-Based Scholarships To 2,117 Students
New York, NY—September 9, 2012—Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®, 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, announced that it has distributed $80,200,763 to 2,117 students in the past 11 years. This figure includes $12,715,367 in new needs-based postsecondary scholarships awarded during the 2012-2013 academic year.
“Eleven years ago just over $100 million was donated by corporations, foundations, educational institutions and individuals. Our scholarships have enabled thousands of students to fulfill their dreams of college. We stand ready to support the 4,387 financially needy students registered with our Fund who will need our help in the future.” said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, Executive Director of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.
The Source newsletter features everything you need to know about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, and is published twice a year. The most recent issue features independent review findings, recent history and performance information, recipient stories and much more.
Goldman Family Foundation Makes $50,000 Gift to Families of Freedom
When Regina Goldman and her brother, Robert Goldman were invited to be a part of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation’s next generation of philanthropists, they thought long and hard about what issues and needs they wanted to address in the world. Concerned for college bound dependents of 9/11’s fallen heroes, Regina and Robert were led to Scholarship America’s Families of Freedom Fund. As a result, the Foundation recently awarded the Fund $50,000
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
"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.