Today marks the 19th anniversary of the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States of America. We honor those who lost their lives in the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as the first responders who gave their lives rescuing survivors, and the passengers of Flight 93 who thwarted the hijacker’s plans. The events of September 11, 2001 touched the lives of all Americans and redefined a generation. Now, even in the midst of another national crisis, we feel it is appropriate to take the time to remember this tragedy.
Both governmental and private organizations continue to support students affected by the September 11th attacks with scholarships towards higher education. Eligible students may consider applying to the following three scholarships:
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Scholarship Description: The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized. Applicants must be children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 or children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Scholarship Description: 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.
Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Scholarship Description: The 9/11 Promise provides scholarships to qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum has online resources for students and teachers, including a virtual tour. They encourage visitors to view their online collection of exhibits, artifacts and works of art.
Nineteen years later, most students starting college this year and virtually all high school students were born after the terrorist attacks on this day in 2001. Those of us who remember that day keep the memory of the victims and first responders alive by honoring the date and passing on our recollection of that fateful day in hopes nothing like it ever happens again.
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