Funds From Other Organizations

Outside Funds

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. In addition, a number of organizations, including Scholarship America, established The September 11 Scholarship Alliance with the shared goal of helping the families of 9/11 victims obtain education assistance. Although the Alliance is no longer active, many of the scholarship funds established by Alliance organizations continue to provide scholarship assistance.

The funds below 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.

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.

Contact information/application:
Application is available on the HESAA website.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
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.

Contact information:
888-NYSHESC, press *
Ask for Scholarship Unit

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.

Contact information:
Natasha Bean
(212) 998-4491
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.

Contact information:

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.

Contact information:


“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. It will always be appreciated because it really did help this family."
-- Eileen, who used her Families of Freedom scholarship to attend law school after her husband passed away; three of their six children, to date, have also received Families of Freedom help.

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