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.

Loisanne Diehl

“I think Michael is looking down from heaven smiling in approval of the new career that I am pursuing,” said Loisanne Diehl of her husband, who was in his office at Fiduciary Trust Company International at the World Trade Center when it fell. At that time, Loisanne worked part time as a secretary earning $5,000 a year.

Now, with the help of a Families of Freedom Scholarship, Loisanne is training to become a patient care technician by studying phlebotomy, EKG testing, physical therapy, and a multitude of other skills. “I hope to become a registered nurse and secure health benefits for my family, something that will run out on me by the end of this year,” said Loisanne.

Loisanne’s son Jason, a senior at Caldwell College, is also a Families of Freedom Scholarship recipient. Next year, he hopes to teach high school English while attending graduate school at night, and to eventually teach college-level English. Loisanne’s daughter Jeannette is a junior at Brick Memorial High School. To say she is gifted in music would understate her talents; she plays 11 instruments. Jeannette is registered for a Families of Freedom Scholarship, which she hopes will help fulfill her desire to play in a symphony orchestra, or to teach music.

Loisanne and her children stayed home for several days after the attacks hoping to get news that Michael was alive, returning to school when the rescue effort turned reluctantly into a recovery effort. Once the paperwork started, Loisanne took eight weeks off from work, without pay, to try to file the necessary documents. “There is no end to the paperwork,” said Loisanne. “But the experience we have had with Scholarship America during the registration process and the scholarship application process has been a positive one. There are so many other funds, grants, etc., out there that were so complicated, it almost discourages you from going on.”

“Our main concern was that our children grow up to be good providers for their families one day,” said Loisanne. “To the donors of Scholarship America and the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, I don't know where to begin to thank them for the more than generous financial aid you have given to our family. Without it, my children and I would not be able to continue our education in a way that would help us attain our goals.”

Note: Loisanne shared the above story with the donors of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund via Scholarship America’s 2002 Annual Report. After completing a course that typically takes two years in four months, Loisanne is now a licensed patient care technician at a local hospital, and a nationally certified member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Her son has graduated from Caldwell College and is teaching children with learning disabilities while going for his masters in English. Her daughter attends Berklee College of Music on a Families of Freedom Scholarship.

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"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

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