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.

Maureen McClusky

Maureen, pictured below with her parents, shared her story in a thank-you letter to Scholarship America in 2008.

“The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund has taken a huge burden off myself and my family. I would like to personally thank anyone involved with this scholarship fund, which has enabled me to continue attending my first choice school. It is an honor to have received this scholarship and I am humbled by the generosity of the organizations that made this scholarship possible. With this scholarship, made possible by funds from the Power of America Fund and the Daimler AG Help the Children Fund, I will not only be able to graduate from college, but my dreams of continuing on to law school seem more of a reality. With my father's dwindling health, certain things are unsure and this scholarship has comforted me in knowing that people still care.

"As time goes on, some people have begun to forget the nightmares of 9/11. My family will never. We will never forget, and we see the lasting effects as it continues to take a toll on my dad's health. I am grateful to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund for its role in helping the people of America through this terrible tragedy. Today, almost seven years after 9/11, it is even more inspiring to know that people still care. The Families of Freedom Scholarship organization 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 and hopefully a better world for everyone."

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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

Visit our Freedom Stories section to read inspiring stories from our families.

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Students and Families

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