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Citizens throughout America stepped forward and donated funds to many relief efforts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. The establishment of scholarship funds was one means of providing such relief and assistance. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and its subfunds provide one national source of postsecondary scholarship assistance for the dependents of 9/11 victims. The funds below provide other sources. Note that these funds are not administered by Scholarship America or associated with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, and are listed here simply as a resource for families who may be seeking additional aid opportunities. Please contact these funds directly for more information.
City of Berlin Scholarship funded by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation
This scholarship is for children born between 1986 and June 2002 whose parent was killed or permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. This program is for study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States leading to an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. This scholarship is funded by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation.
Visit the City of Berlin Scholarship website for complete program details.
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
This scholarship is for children and surviving spouses of active members of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Please visit the Fry Scholarship website for complete program details and contact information.
New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship
This scholarship benefits dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey residents who were killed in or who died as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
Application is available on the HESAA website.
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New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program
Initiated by George E. Pataki, Governor of New York, the legislated New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program guarantees a college education to all families of those killed or seriously and permanently disabled in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at all SUNY and CUNY schools, or an equivalent amount of aid for students attending private colleges in New York State.
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New York University
New York University is one of the largest private research universities in the country and is located in the heart of New York City. Renowned for academic excellence, the college offers an extensive curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences as well as pre-professional study in law, medicine, and dentistry. NYU's September 11 Scholarship fund was established by Martin Lipton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NYU, to support the undergraduate education of the spouses and children of uniformed fire, police, and emergency workers who were killed in the September 11, 2001 tragedy at the World Trade Center. This scholarship supports tuition, registration fees, and room and board.
Visit the NYU September 11 Scholarship Fund website, or download scholarship criteria here.
The Twin Towers Orphan Fund
The Twin Towers Orphan Fund was founded on September 12, 2001 for the sole purpose of providing educational and welfare assistance to the children who were orphaned (who lost one or both parents) by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The mission of the Twin Towers Orphan Fund is to provide long-term higher educational assistance and mental and physical healthcare assistance for (a) children who lost parents in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, or onboard the four downed airliners, and (b) children of victims of future terrorist attacks.
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Liberty Scholarship and Keck Foundation Family Aid Scholarship
The Liberty Scholarship is the commitment of the thirty-nine UNCF members to provide full scholarship support for the children of victims who were killed or permanently disabled as a result of the 9/11 tragedy. The UNCF/Keck Foundation Family Aid Scholarship was launched by the United Negro College Fund and the W.M. Keck Foundation to provide financial support for students affected by the economic impact of the September 11th tragedy who attend private historically black colleges and universities.
"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.