9/11 Fund hands out $100M in Scholarships
Helps families affected by the attack get through college
A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks.
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Overall the fund said it has helped more than 2,400 students pay for college and will help thousands more children as they reach college age.
The fund - underwritten by more than 20,000 corporations, university, philanthropists and individuals - still has nearly $96 million in the bank.
Fund officials say they expect that amount to grow through continued contributions as more 9/11 families send their children off to college.
Fund director Rhianna Quinn Roddy says the scholarships give children and families of 9/11 victims "a real chance to pursue their education dreams after these very painful tragedies."
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is the largest private scholarship fund for children, spouses and domestic partners of people killed or permanently disabled due to the terrorist attacks.
It is administered, without fees, by Scholarship America, the nation's largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.
Joseph Palumbo said the scholarship fund helped him and his nine siblings chart their futures after losing their firefighter father on 9/11.
"It's inspiring to see that with each passing year, a new group of kids can get a chance to do whatever they chose to do in life, with the help of the fund," Palumbo said in a statement provided with the fund's milestone announcement.