Freedom Alliance, a military support organization, has now given more than $20 million in college scholarships to children of fallen or injured military heroes in the 20 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Scholarships are awarded to students who have killed a parent or permanently disabled the service of our country.
“It’s not enough just to mourn the death or injury of a service member,” Freedom Alliance president Tom Kilgannon explained. A grateful nation should take care of the children of its fallen heroes and help them realize their dreams. Our team at Freedom Alliance has humbly accepted this responsibility, and in doing so, our lives — and the lives of our supporters — have been greatly enriched by those we serve.”
The Freedom Alliance has seen exponential growth in its scholarship program. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, the Freedom Alliance had awarded scholarships to 12 students totaling $79,000. In 2021, 583 students received scholarships totaling $2.3 million, and over the past 20 years, Freedom Alliance has helped more than 2,000 individual students complete their studies at trade schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions.
The Freedom Alliance Scholarship is awarded based on the parent’s military service, and if one of the family’s children qualifies, siblings will likely qualify as well if they choose to continue their education after high school.
The top five fields of study among our students are: Nursing, Psychology, Biology, Business and Mechanical Engineering. Scholarship recipients have a GPA of 3.21 out of 4.0, hail from all 50 states and their parents have served in every branch of the armed forces as well as fought in various campaigns, including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf War, Beirut, Mogadishu, and others.
The Freedom Alliance was founded by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, USMC (retired), who served for 22 years and was awarded a Silver Star Medal, a Bronze Star Medal for valor and two Purple Hearts for Wounds in Combat. In addition to providing more than $20 million in college scholarships, the Freedom Alliance has helped thousands of injured veterans with recreational rehabilitation, care packages, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheelchairs, new vehicles and more.
Learn more about the Freedom Alliance at freedomalliance.org or facebook.com/FreedomAlliance.