Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Will Provide $11.4 Million in Needs-Based Scholarships to 9/11 Family Members.
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® announced today that it will provide $11.4 million in needs-based postsecondary scholarships to 614 members of the 9/11 community for the 2010/2011 academic year. Almost $6.2 million has already been distributed for the September 2010 semester; the remaining scholarships will be dispersed in December for the semester beginning in January 2011.
Between January 2002 - when scholarships were first awarded - and December 2010, the Families of Freedom Fund will have distributed more than $60.5 million to approximately 1,639 recipients.
Established in the days immediately following 9/11, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is a needs-based program that provides scholarship assistance to financially eligible dependent children, spouses and domestic partners of those who were killed on 9/11.
Beneficiaries of the Fund include families of airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and those who were permanently disabled. Designed to assist families after they have taken advantage of other sources of tuition assistance, the Fund is managed by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest non-profit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.
The average scholarship award for the 2010/2011 academic year is approximately $18,600; the highest award topped $47,000.
"The Families of Freedom Fund remains an important resource for the 9/11 community," said Rhianna Quinn Roddy, Executive Director of Designated Funds for Scholarship America. "We are proud that this Fund is able to provide so many needy families with essential financial assistance. At Scholarship America, we are committed to helping eligible students realize their goals and potential through education."
She noted that as of October 1, 2010, the Families of Freedom Fund scholarship application process will be available online.
The Fund has transformed the lives of more than 1,600 scholarship recipients from all across the nation including New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
For information, or to find out how to register, please go to www.familiesoffreedom.org or call 877-862-0136.