Families of Freedom
$80.2 million to
Scholarship America and the
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
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 believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status. In 1958, an Optometrist in Fall River, Mass., had a simple but profound idea—if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to an educational fund, it would be enough to help nearly every student in the community attend college. Dr. Irving Fradkin called his plan "Dollars for Scholars," and it has expanded into what today is the nation's largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization -- Scholarship America.
Since its founding, Scholarship America has distributed $3 billion to two million students across the country through various programs including Dollars for Scholars, Dreamkeepers, and Scholarship Management Services. Scholarship America has been recognized since 2001 as a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator. Visit the Scholarship America website to learn more.
Keeping Dreams Alive
"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."
Register & Apply
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.