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.

Erin Fisher

“I just finished my first year at American University in Washington DC. It’s a privilege my family can’t afford to give me without the help of Scholarship America and the Families of Freedom Scholarship.

I am the oldest of seven children. It’s hard enough making ends meet in a family that large, but my parents made it possible.

On September 11th, things for my family became much more difficult. My father was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. In grieving, trying to help my mom take care of my brothers and sisters, and trying to work at the same time, my grades slipped. I knew I needed good grades in order to get into a good college, something that my dad always wanted for me.

I wanted to go to college not only because he wanted me to succeed, but because I want to help others. Someday, I want to create an organization for underprivileged children…I want to give them a place where they can go to have fun and be encouraged to live up to their potential at the same time. I know that the goals I have achieved and those that I will continue to strive for have not only made my father proud, but my whole family. I know that without education, my road to reaching my goals would be much more difficult.

But thankfully, there was hope. Through the Families of Freedom Scholarship, Scholarship America gave me the opportunity to attend this excellent university where I can pursue my dream of helping others. My wish now has a chance of becoming a reality. The trust Scholarship America has placed in me has strengthened my determination to succeed. Scholarship America has made a difference in my life and will continue to help our family for many years until all my brothers and sisters have completed their college educations.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you, because you’re not just putting me through college, you’re making my dream come true.”

Note: Erin delivered the above spoken remarks at a Scholarship America event in May 2004 attended by Scholarship America donors, Board members, and staff.

"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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Students and Families

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