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.

Amanda Costello

Amanda Costello is a junior at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in communication arts. Her father worked at Thyssen Krupp Elevator near the World Trade Center; he entered the building to try to help others. The year before 9/11 he had realized his dream when Amanda became the first in her family to attend college.

“My parents did not go to college,” said Amanda, “but they’ve encouraged me and my younger brother and sister to get an education.”

Amanda took a semester off from school to be with her family when she lost her father. “I moved back home and even considered transferring to a school closer to our home in New Jersey,” said Amanda. “Instead, I decided to remain at home and return to Marymount by commuting 90 minutes each way.”

Again a full-time student, she will graduate in the fall of 2004. Amanda works on Marymount’s newspaper, The Monitor, where she focuses on design and layout, and also writes some news stories.

“I’m grateful to the donors whose generosity is helping a lot of families like mine,” said Amanda. “I haven’t yet decided what I will do after college, but I’ll have more options thanks to my scholarship.”

Note: Amanda shared the above story with the donors of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund via Scholarship America’s 2003 Interim Report on Families of Freedom. She has since graduated from Marymount Manhattan College.

"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.

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