9/11 Foundation Sends Victims’ Children to College


During the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, 3,051 children lost a parent. About 300 of those children were just in kindergarten that day. Now 13 years later, many of those kindergartners are taking their first college classes.

Roughly 100 of these 9/11 survivors will be receiving a full scholarship to pursue their dreams of higher education. These scholarships are being awarded from the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. This fund was formed a mere week after the attacks with the hope of benefiting the children of the victims.

The original initiative was headed by former President Bill Clinton and former Senator Bob Dole. They were able to raise more than $100 million for these children to relieve the burden of college costs when the time came. The last of the funds are being handed out for this fall semester with many students attending schools that are close to the view of where the World Trade Center’s once were.

The executive director of the fund, Rhianna Quinn Roddy, said “Even when these kids were in kindergarten, donors were thinking about their education and their future. These children grow up knowing that the world is with them, not just at that time, but into their adulthood.”

There is still time for eligible applicants to take full advantage of this scholarship too. There will be funding available until 2030 and scholarships to award. There is even the opportunity for the spouses of the fallen victims to receive a scholarship.

Source:
ISHAYIK, E. (2014, September 9). Foundation Sends Kin of 9/11 Victims to College. Retrieved September 11, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/nyregion/donations-of-100-million-help-children-of-9-11-victims-go-to-college.html?ref=education&_r=0

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