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September 11th Scholarships

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number of companies and organizations announced scholarship funds to help the children and families of the victims. Scholarships still exist and continue to disperse funds as long as the families of the victims of college age. Several of the awards have updated their criteria, offering funding to victims of any terrorist attack, disaster, or national emergency.

Below we have compiled a list of September 11th scholarships and awards for victims of other disasters. If you know of any scholarship funds that exist for those affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks or other national emergencies, please contact us. If you would like to find scholarships based on other criteria, conduct a free scholarship search. Chances are, no matter your characteristics or background, you will be eligible for a decent number of scholarships.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund benefits dependent children with strong financial need, as well as 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 [...] More

First Responders Children's Foundation - Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The First Responders Children's Foundation - Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship will honor an outstanding student each year in Victoria’s memory with an award in the amount of $2000 for a single academic year. This scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a law enforcement officer who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Awards are based on financial need, academic merit [...] More

First Responders Children's Foundation - Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is the child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. This award recognizes financial need, academic achievement, and the candidate must show a strong commitment to service in the community. A declared major is not required, but preference [...] More

First Responders Children's Foundation General Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $6,250
  • The First Responders Children’s Foundation awards scholarships to children of first responders annually. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. This scholarship may be renewed annually (for up to a maximum of four [...] More

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Eligible students are the dependents of uniformed members of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), New York Police Department (NYPD), and Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (The dependents of other victims of 9/11 are not eligible.) There is no New York residency requirement. Eligible students must apply and be admitted [...] More

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Silver Linings - Transfer Students May Have Higher Acceptance Rates

September 29, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Because of lower enrollment rates, transfer students can stand to benefit from colleges who are eager to hit their yearly enrollment goals. Schools with a smaller-than-average student body this year may be more receptive to accepting a greater number of transfer students than in previous years. [...]

Michigan Offers Free Community College Education to Essential Workers

September 24, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The state of Michigan is set to offer two years of free community college to essential workers who were required by their job to leave the house and work at least 11 weeks in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic. This unique opportunity, called Futures for Frontliners, opens doors to essential workers who are not commonly considered front-line workers and an estimated 600,000 residents could qualify. [...]

Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

September 22, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2020

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