Program Information

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund benefits financially needy dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners of 9/11 victims.

Scholarships may be used to attend an accredited vocational-technical school, trade school, two-year college, four-year college, or university located in the United States. Recipients may receive scholarship awards for up to four years, or the equivalent if attendance is part-time, depending on total funding available. Eligibility for scholarship assistance is always based on financial need, as calculated by our financial need formula. Funds are available for undergraduate study and, in some cases, for graduate study.

Who is eligible?

Only individuals registered with the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund are eligible to apply. For detailed information, review the eligibility guidelines and FAQ's on the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund website.

How do I apply?

Begin by creating an application account on this site. You will be required to provide your Families of Freedom ID when you create your online account. If you do not wish to submit an application online, you may submit a printed paper application, available from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund website.

Eligible Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund registrants may submit a scholarship application if they are currently enrolled or will be enrolled in the current or upcoming academic year. (You may not apply if your term has ended.)

Option 1 - MAY 15 DEADLINE
This option is available only to full-time students attending school for the entire upcoming academic year. Students who want to be notified of their award amount for the entire academic year prior to their fall term start date must submit an application by postmark deadline May 15. An award notification will be sent to the student's home address by mid-July (mid-June for students attending a non-New York school).

Option 2 - ROLLING DEADLINE (Application must be submitted before the end of the term.)
This option is for all other students including those attending school part-time, taking individual or certification courses, or those attending full-time who did not meet the May 15 deadline for Option 1.

If you are ready to begin, click on 'Create an application account' near the bottom of this page.

Helpful Hints:

  • Once your account has been created and you have provided profile information, you will have access to the application form and several helpful links.
  • You can leave the site during the application process by clicking on the 'Save and Log Out' link located in the navigation menu on each application page. You will need to log in with your username and password to return to your account.
  • Carefully review your application before submission. We recommend you print a hard copy for your records. Do not send a printed copy to Scholarship America.
  • Be sure your application is complete before hitting the 'Lock and Submit' button! After you submit the application, no changes can be made. You will no longer have access to the submitted application.

Do I need to provide any documents?

Yes! You will need to upload, mail or fax documents required to complete the application process. Details are provided on the 'Supporting Documents' page of your application.

How and when will I be notified?

If you apply using Option 1, you will be notified by mail in mid-July (mid-June if you are attending a non-New York school).

If you apply using Option 2, you will be notified by mail 4-6 weeks after your complete application and all required supporting documents are received.

How and when are scholarships paid?

If you apply using Option 1, the award is sent to your home address in two installments on August 15 and December 30. The checks are made payable to you and the school.

If you apply using Option 2, a check is mailed to you within 4-6 weeks after your complete application and all required supporting documents are received.

Questions? Contact us:

Email: info@familiesoffreedom.org
Call: 1-877-862-0136

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

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