September 6, 2017

$142 million has been awarded in 16 years to more than 3,300 9/11 children by the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
Fundraising initiative to ensure remaining 3,000 students receive support

Scholarship America is pleased to announce its Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®—the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families—has surpassed $142 million in total scholarships awarded to 3,326 students since September 11, 2001. That figure includes $12,254,533 in needs-based scholarships to support 829 students during the 2016-17 academic year.

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September 5, 2017

Never Forget Tribute Classic Returns to Prudential Center December 9, 2017
Nationally televised basketball doubleheader supports Families of Freedom

Seton Hall will face VCU and Florida will meet Cincinnati in the second annual Never Forget Tribute Classic.

The games will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Saturday, Dec. 9. They are part of a benefit weekend in support of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

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May 15, 2017

Bill Clinton, Bob Dole Spearhead 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
The 42nd President and the longtime Senator co-chaired the original fundraising for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Former President Bill Clinton and retired Senator Bob Dole, co-chairs of the initial Families of Freedom fundraising campaign, have released a letter in observation of the Fund’s 15th anniversary, emphasizing the need for ongoing support as the true toll of the 9/11 attacks continues to expand.

They write:

“The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund was established just days after the attacks to provide funds for postsecondary study to financially needy dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in New York, the Pentagon, or in Pennsylvania. We were honored to co-chair the fundraising effort. Since its founding, the Fund has awarded $136 million to 3,100 students, helping them achieve their dreams while making the world a little better for us all. We couldn’t have accomplished this without the generosity of people like you.

“However, since the inception of the Fund, the need has expanded exponentially – for example, the number of people receiving treatment for cancer related to the attacks has tripled since 2014. In spite of this – thanks, in large part, to the management by Scholarship America – the Fund continues to benefit anyone who qualifies.”

You can read the full letter in PDF format here, and learn more about contributing to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund on the Donate page of this website.


May 10, 2017

Student Spotlight: Nick Berger
Families of Freedom recipient and Villanova graduate featured in Scholarship America newsletter, The Scholar

Panic was all Nick Berger felt when his English professor slapped that semester’s syllabus on the desk. The top of the syllabus read “9/11 and the Literary Experience,” and the first assignment was to write about where you were that day when the plane hit the towers. Nick was on the playground. A teacher approached him on the swings and informed him it was time to go home. Confused, 8-year-old Nick went home to learn that his father wasn’t coming home.

At the time, Nick struggled to grasp the moment’s significance, but sitting in that class as a Villanova University freshman the weight of his father’s absence was palpable.

Nick rarely spoke about his Dad, but with the help of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund he was able to attend Villanova University to be nearer in spirit to James (Jim) Berger,  a 1978 Villanova alumnus. The idea of spending a semester reading and writing about the pain was not what Nick imagined that experience to be like. After that first class finished, Nick approached the professor about dropping the course, but with some persuading from the professor, decided to give it a try.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Nick reflected.

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December 1, 2016

Never Forget Tribute Classic: NCAA Basketball Doubleheader to Benefit The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
Watch Saturday, December 10 on CBS and CBS Sports Network Starting at Noon EST.

Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center will host the inaugural Never Forget Tribute Classic, an annual NCAA men’s basketball doubleheader, on Saturday, December 10 featuring 2016 NCAA Men’s Champion Villanova vs. Notre Dame, followed by Pitt vs. Penn State. The event will partner with Scholarship America’s Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps support the education of children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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September 12, 2016

Fund Update: Families of Freedom Has Awarded $137 Million Since Inception

Scholarship America is pleased to announce that its Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund®—the largest private scholarship fund for 9/11 families—has surpassed $137 million in total scholarship awards to more than 3,100 students since September 11, 2001. That figure includes $12.1 million in needs-based scholarships to support 858 students during the last academic year.

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® is a program of Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization. The Fund provides private scholarships for children, spouses and domestic partners of people who were killed on September 11, 2001, or permanently disabled during the rescue operation. The Fund is transforming the lives and supporting the educational dreams of families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were killed or permanently disabled in the attacks.

“The underlying principle of the Fund is that cultivating educational opportunities and success for the families of 9/11 is the most enduring tribute we can make to those whom we lost. It’s a triumph that more than 3,100 students have now been given a real chance to pursue their education dreams after their families were deeply affected by very painful tragedies,” said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, Executive Director, Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. “We are extremely grateful to our donors for their generous support of the Fund as we continue to help more and more family members to achieve success in life.”

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