A Welcome Message from Rhianna Quinn Roddy:

Dear Friends,
In the days after 9/11, like so many millions of Americans, my thoughts and prayers turned to the children whose world was unspeakably transformed in mere moments.  What would the future hold for them?

I knew, right then, that it would take more than just a village; it would take the commitment, the will and the effort of the entire nation to ensure that this special generation of American children would one day be able to walk into a bright, successful and happy future.

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The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is managed by Scholarship America, the nation's premier non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational assistance organization. Scholarship America has administered the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund at cost since the inception of the Fund.

Scholarship America has been recognized for ten consecutive years as a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator. Visit the Scholarship America Web site to learn more.

Press Room: Archive
This page will archive news stories and press appearances related to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

April 27, 2009
Families of Freedom Featured in New York Daily News

Clem Richardson's New York Daily News column "Educational Freedom for 9/11 Victims' Kin" features the Fund and a profile of new Fund director Rhianna Quinn Roddy. Read the entire column here.

November 1, 2008
Families of Freedom 2008 Annual Report Available
The new Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Annual Report features updated statistics and inspiring stories like that of Eileen Cirri:

"I met my husband, Bob (a police lieutenant in New York killed during the 9/11 rescue efforts) while I was working in the ER as a nurse; he was a cop that brought me patients. While working in the ER, I saw injustices, like the dumping of patients, and I wanted to fight for their rights. Bob always told me I had the smarts to become a lawyer, but I never thought we could afford it and, to tell you the truth, I didn’t always believe I could do it. Plus, we would never take away the savings for the kids’ college.

"I was probably one of the first spouses that took advantage of the Families of Freedom scholarship, as I went to law school in 2002. I know people hear rumors that the rescue workers got a lot of money, but they didn’t. Scholarship America was the only organization that allowed me, a spouse, to go to graduate school on a scholarship.

"If I could talk to the donors who contributed to the Families of Freedom Fund, I would tell them that whatever they gave in any amount or in any form will never be forgotten."

Download the Annual Report now to read more.

October 1, 2007: Actuarial Information About Families of Freedom
Scholarship America re-assesses the status of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund yearly, to ensure that the greatest number of eligible students receive the aid they need. Click here to read the most recent actuarial report, which calculates and estimates family needs, student ages, educational costs, and potentially eligible recipients—both registered and unregistered—so that Scholarship America can maximize aid at any given time while also ensuring that Fund assets continue to be available for future students.

September 11, 2007: Families of Freedom Scholarship Recipients Featured on CNN
On the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New Jersey's News 12 and CNN Student News sought out one family who is continuing to use the Fund to provide hope for each of their seven children. Three of them—Bridget, Erin, and Evan Fisher, along with their mother, Gail Fabiyan, are pictured above. The transcript of the Fishers' inspiring story is available here, and video is here.
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September 10, 2007: National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association Celebrates Families of Freedom
Scholarship America president Clifford L. Stanley spoke at the fall conference of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and accepted a check for more than $174,000 raised by members of the NBFAA, designated for scholarships for the dependents of fire, police and rescue personnel who died or were disabled in the 9/11 attacks, via the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. Click here for more information.

"I can't tell you how good it makes me to feel to know that the scholarship is there for us. Everyone that has helped us at Scholarship America has just been really wonderful. Paul would have been extremely proud of his son's decision to become a mechanical engineer. Thanks to Scholarship America and Families of Freedom, Shawn's dream is being made possible."
-- Arlene, whose son Shawn is following in his late father's footsteps as an engineer

Visit our Freedom Stories section to read inspiring stories from our families.



Students and Families

To register or apply for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, visit our registration or application pages.