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

All media inquiries about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund should be directed to Rhianna Quinn Roddy at 917-576-2317 or rquinnroddy@scholarshipamerica.org.


The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Will Provide More Than $11 Million in Needs-Based Scholarships
to 9/11 Family Members and Rescue Workers for 2011-12 Academic Year

$74 Million in Scholarships Awarded since 2001

New York, NY—September 8, 2011—Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® announced today that it will provide more than $11 million in needs-based postsecondary scholarships to 641 members of the 9/11 community for the 2011/2012 academic year. By the end of this academic year, the Fund will have distributed $74 million to 1,876 students since its establishment in the days immediately following 9/11. Over the recently completed 2010/2011 academic year, the Fund dispersed $13.7 million in scholarships, making the full 2010/2011 distribution the highest since the Fund’s inception.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund has been able to transform the lives and support the educational dreams of financially dependent children, spouses and domestic partners of those who were tragically killed on September 11, 2001. Beneficiaries of the Fund include families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were permanently disabled. The Fund is managed by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

"This is an important moment in the history of the Fund," said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, executive director of Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. "Nearly 10 years ago, $100 million was donated by thousands of organizations and individuals. Since then, we have awarded $74 million and are able to provide support for the 4,800 financially needy students yet to take advantage of the Fund."

Download the full press release here.

Lisa Kurtz/Meredith Coon
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561 7478/(212) 561 7462


The Source Newsletter Available for Download
source newsletter The Source newsletter features everything you need to know about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, and is published twice a year.

(Download the most recent issue in PDF form here.)

Highlights of this issue include:

* Findings from the requested independent review of the Fund

* Fund history and application information

* Historical and current performance of the Fund and its assets

* Stories from Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund recipients, staff and much more.

Download The Source today, and keep up with everything current on the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

"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

Visit the Actuarial Page for annually updated actuarial information related to the disbursement of funds, and check the News Archive for older stories.

"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.