The amount of each award varies per semester. The amount of each award depends of the applicant's financial need and the total amount of funding available. Individual scholarship amounts generally will range from $1,000 per academic year for those students with little or no demonstrated financial need to approximately $28,000 per academic year for those with greater financial need. These awards are renewable if the applicant re-applies each term and demonstrates academic progress. A student who applies by the May 15 deadline will receive a check for the first half of the award by Aug. 15; a check for the second half of the award will be sent Dec. 31. For all other students, checks will be mailed within four to six weeks of receipt of the application. The checks will be sent to the student's home address.
The number of awards offered varies each year. In 2013 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 776 students received assistance.
Families of Freedom will benefit children and spouses of the victims, including airplane crew and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement personnel. Applicants must enroll in an accredited two-or four-year college/university or a vocational-technical school in the United States. Students who apply by the May 15 application deadline will be notified by the end of July. All other students will be notified by mail four to six weeks after their complete application and all required supporting documents are received.
Applications are available online from the Scholarship America website. Please note: Prior to applying for scholarship funds, the student must first register with the Families of Freedom Scholarship ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.