The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMANENTLY DISABLED VICTIMS

Victims who are permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attack on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Was in one of the impact areas*.
  2. Was an airplane crew or passenger; World Trade Center worker or visitor; Pentagon worker or visitor; or a relief worker – including firefighter, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.
  3. Was present at the site between the dates of September 11, 2001 and September 16, 2001 and have proper documentation to prove presence (for example: work dispatch orders, employer verification, WTC Notice of Participation). Dates outside of this range do not meet criteria for this Fund.
  4. Medical Doctor must confirm the victim is Permanently Disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attack.
    (View Permanent Disability Criteria)
  5. Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMANENTLY DISABLED VICTIMS WHO PASSED AWAY AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 FROM 9/11 RELATED INJURIES

Victims who were permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attack on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 but passed away from 9/11 related injuries must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Was in one of the impact areas*.
  2. Was an airplane crew or passenger; World Trade Center worker or visitor; Pentagon worker or visitor; or a relief worker – including firefighter, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.
  3. Was present at the site between the dates of September 11, 2001 and September 16, 2001 and have proper documentation to prove presence (for example: work dispatch orders, employer verification, WTC Notice of Participation). Dates outside of this range do not meet criteria for this Fund.
  4. A Medical Doctor must have documented the victim was Permanently Disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attack at the time of their passing.
    (View Permanent Disability Criteria)
  5. Received Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration at the time of their passing.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR VICTIMS WHO PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Victims who passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 as a direct result of the terrorist attack must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Was in one of the impact areas*.
  2. Was an airplane crew or passenger; World Trade Center worker or visitor; Pentagon worker or visitor; or a relief worker – including firefighter, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.

*Impact Area

  1. the area surrounding the World Trade Center bordered by Broadway to the East, the Hudson River to the West, Chambers Street to the North and Rector Street to the South
  2. at the crash site of United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
  3. at the crash site of American Airlines flight 77 at the grounds of the Pentagon


If you meet the criteria, please proceed to the next page to continue with the registration process.

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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."

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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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