• Charity Navigator, the nation's premier evaluator of non-profit organizations, has put Scholarship America in its top-ten list of "Slam-Dunk Charities," for fiscal health and responsibility to donors.
• Scholarship America has raised more than $108 million for this fund. Approximately $20 million more has been committed by major donors.
• As of November 2007, a total of 1,352 families had registered with the fund, representing 4,792 individuals.
•As of the same date, Scholarship America had distributed scholarships to nearly 900 people, totaling more than $23 million.
• Scholarship America has kept administrative expenses for family registration, evaluation and issuing awards to 4 percent of total disbursements since 2001. Our expenses for support and fundraising since inception have been $1,589,000 for this $108 million fund, or 1.5% in an industry where administrative costs of 20% are well within the norm.
Families of Freedom Scholarship Funds
In addition to the main Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, a number of donors established subfunds for the families of 9/11 victims. Some of these, listed on the Subfunds page, are open to all eligible Families of Freedom recipients. Others, listed on the Designated Subfunds page, are open only to specific groups of Families of Freedom recipients. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Scholarship America.
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Click for a list of Designated Subfunds
“The Families of Freedom Scholarship has been a tremendous benefit to me and my brother in pursuing our college degrees,” said Evan Kanter of Edison, N.J., a Families of Freedom Scholarship recipient. “The Fund has allowed us the ability to focus on the parts of life that are most important to us. The first year after 9/11 was very hard to take, but the scholarship has relieved some of the financial burden from my mother, brother and me.” Read more