The 9/11 Promise Run is dedicated to offering scholarships to deserving children of first responders and military service members who have endured loss or injury, rendering them unable to pursue employment. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of these children and families by providing financial support for their education.
• Scholarship amounts range from a minimum award of $5,000 to a maximum award of $15,000.
• The application period commences on November 1 each year, with scholarships being awarded the following spring.
• All applications must be submitted by midnight on March 15th, and scholarship decisions will be announced by May 1st.
To be eligible for our scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Children of a fallen first responder or military service member, or children of a first responder or military service member certified as unable to work. Applicants must currently be under the age of 25.
• Hold a high school diploma or equivalency, or be in the final year of high school.
• Be currently enrolled at or accepted to pursue trade, undergraduate, or graduate studies at an accredited trade school, college, or university.
• Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (high school or undergraduate to date).
Our scholarship selection process is based on:
• Academic and leadership achievements, as well as future potential.
• Two letters of recommendation (from non-family members), with one from an educator, employer, or community member familiar with the applicant and their goals.
• Two essays:
- Essay #1: Reflect on what you've learned as a child of a first responder or military service member.
- Essay #2: Explain why you're applying for this scholarship and how it will assist you.
• Proof of dependency.
• Certificate of death or proof of Individual Unemployment from the Veterans Administration and equivalent for a first responder.
• Proof of parent’s first responder and/or military service.
Terms of the Award:
• All scholarships are directly disbursed to accredited colleges or universities on behalf of the recipients.
• Funds can be used for tuition, room & board, required books & equipment, and related academic expenses.
• Scholarships are awarded for one academic year, with the possibility of reapplying for up to six separate years. However, receiving a scholarship once does not guarantee future awards.
• If a recipient voluntarily withdraws from their institution, any unused funds are returned to the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc. Personal disbursement of funds is not permitted.
• In the event of a recipient leaving their institution before the academic year's completion, unused funds will be returned to the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc.
• Transferring schools during a scholarship-funded period requires prior approval from the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc.