9/11 Related & Other  Scholarships

There are many educational opportunities for both you as a 9/11 disabled survivor and for your family.

These are for you, the Member:

  • The NYS HESC Scholarship just below this point offers a scholarship for YOU, and one for your family. You must complete the application and your doctor completes the Disability Certification on Section 3 and your last employer the Employment Certification part.  You, the Victim, CANNOT be employed in any occupation for remuneration or profit.  Proof of relationship is also required with the aforementioned forms, either a birth certificate, marriage license, or Federal Income Tax listing the victim's dependants. You must mail the entire application to:                                                NYS Higher Education Services Corporation                   Division of Grants and Scholarships                               99 Washington Avenue                                                   Albany, NY 12255-0001                                                At the bottom left corner of the envelope write, "S-WTC" 

If the links below do not work, here is the application

  • NYS Higher Education website: You will read about the education benefits for those children of 9/11 survivors or deceased.   Search 9/11 in the search.  There are others here and here are all grants and scholarships they offer.
  • The VESID program allows for YOU, the disabled person to get some education with the attempt to go back to work.  Most return, some do not.  But, they do pay about $2000 per semester for tuition, $250 for books and travel expenses to and from school.  Visit here for more info:
  • Public Safety Officers Benefit also offers education benefits.  Everyone is aware of the death benefit, but not everyone is aware of the other benefits including for disability.
  • Families of Freedom Fund: There are a few programs, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and 9/11 Scholarship Alliance Funds. The Alliance no longer exists but there are a few offerings still available. Call Teri Campbell at 1-877-862-0136 for more information.  You qualify for assistance as a disabled person or retiree from 9/11, you will need to register for benefits the application are on line and provide a letter of disability from your doctor.

The Following are primarily for your dependents

BC Matthew Ryan Memorial Scholarship
Margaret Ryan
PO Box 1096
Massapequa, NY 11758
Children of active, retired and deceased members. Member must be an active or retired hockey player on FDNY, Firehouse, Town, Local, or League hockey team

Bravest Scholarship Fund
Mary Travers
225 Broadway
New York, New York 10007
(212) 293-9300
Children of members who died while an active member of the FDNY

Columbia Association
Buddy Santangelo
P.O. Box 20328
Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 376-8388
Children of active or deceased Columbia Association members, who are in good standing, or who were in good standing at the time of death

Emerald Society
John J. O’Donnell
Scholarship Chairman
39 Decker Avenue
Washingtonville, NY 10992
(845) 496-4729
8th grade students who will be starting 9th grade in September: sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters of Emerald Society members in good standing, dues-paying member for at least three consecutive years prior to the examination

FDNY Hispanic Society
Lt. Miguel A. Ramos
87-30 204th Street, A 47
Hollis, NY 11423
(718) 776-0180
Child of a member of the Hispanic Society in good standing for three consecutive years

FDNY Ner Tamid Society, Inc.
Stephen Klein
435-2 Willow Road East
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 494-2927
Children of regular Ner Tamid members in good standing

FDNY Steuben Association
Joseph Maurer
7519 Juniper Valley Road
Middle Village, NY 11379
(718) 894-4925
Son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, or sister of an active, retired, or deceased member of the Steuben Association who is completing 8th or 12th grade

GLS Scholarship-University of Michigan
(917) 842-2591  or 
Children of members who died on September 11, 2001.

Holy Name Society
Joseph R. Bryant
(Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island)
4 Maple Drive
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 775-5120
Children of active or retired in good standing of the Holy Name Society

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
(800) 498-6478 Spouses and dependents of members who died or were permanently disabled on September 11, 2001 and Anthrax attacks.

Lt. Charles Margiotta Memorial Scholarship-Brown University
Michael Bartini
(401) 863-2012
Children of members who died on September 11, 2001

Manfred Pakas
Debra Poe, Bureau of Personnel
(718) 999-0607
Children of members who died in the line of duty

Mercy College
Neal Harris
28 Wells Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 378-3421
Children of members who died on September 11, 2001

Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Maureen Baker
P.O. Box 132
Bronx, NY 10465
Children of members of the New York City Fire Department, and other victims of September 11, 2001, and victims of fires and disasters in New York City.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of over 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in the effective administration of student financial aid. The Association does not provide financial aid to students; please contact the financial aid administrator at the college of your choice for specific details on available financial aid opportunities. However, with this Web Site NASFAA provides information on the financial aid process and directs you to some of the more important and helpful financial aid guidance on the Web.

National Firefighters Foundation Scholarship
Mary Ellis
P.O. Box 498
16825 So. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1365
Children and spouses of members who died in the line of duty. Must meet criteria for inclusion in National Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD. This can be used for undergraduate, graduate and/or certificate programs. (Includes Carlos Lillo, Ricardo Quinn)

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation
Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship Award

Jodi Caplan
1414 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10019
One undergraduate or graduate scholarship annually based on academic excellence, essay and recommendations. March 1 deadline.

Needham September 11th Scholarship Fund
(212) 705-0314
Children of members who died on September 11, 2001

New York Institute
Office of Admissions
(516) 686-7520
Children of active, retired, or deceased members

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
Norene Grose, Division of Grants and Scholarships
99 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12255
(518) 473-0410 or (1 888) NYSHESC
Tuition, room and board and books for children and spouses of members who died in the line of duty. Must attend college (public or private) in New York State at undergraduate level.

New York University Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Scholarship Fund
John Beckman
(212) 998-6848
Children of members who died on September 11, 2001

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing
Bernice Pass-Stern
310 East 22nd Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 614-6176
Children of active, retired, or deceased employees of the FDNY

Pulaski Association
Chris Gaidis
69-86 60th Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
(718) 424-7839
Children (natural, step, or foster) of a Pulaski Association member in good standing and has been for three years

Public Safety Officer Educational Assistance
(888) 744-6513 or (202) 514-4138
Children of members who died in the line of duty and were listed on the PSOB at that time

Sallie Mae 911 Education Fund
This site contains information on how to prepare and apply for colleges. This site also contains information on student loans.

Scholarship America
(877) 862-0136
Dependents of those killed or permanently disabled on September 11, 2001 and families in Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street who suffered loss of income as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

Silver Shield Foundation
K.C. Fuchs

870 United Nations Plaza

First Floor

New York, NY 10017
(800) 811-4692
Children of members who died in the line of duty

Battalion 44
(718) 965-8344
Children of current or former (living or deceased) members of the 15th Division

Uniformed EMS Officers Union
67-53 Woodhaven Boulevard, Suite 106
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 897-0001 (Child or grandchild of an active EMS officer)

United Kingdom Scholarship
While the 9/11 scholarships ended, there are many opportunities here worth checking out!

United Negro College Fund Liberty Scholarship
(703) 205-3538
Children of members who died or were permanently disabled on September 11, 2001

Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
Children and spouses of deceased public employees who died in the line of duty

Viking Association
Edward M. Thompson
393 Oakdale Street
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 356-6301
Children of Viking Association members in good standing paid up for the last three years or since appointment if less than three years

9/11 College Scholarship At University of VA in Memory of Patrick Sean Murphy

SOURCE:  FDNY Insider Families Assistance unit 

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Scholarships & Financial Assistance

The programs at the top are primarily for you the disabled retiree, below you will find others for your children.