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Freedom Scholars

Freedom Scholar

application process

Step 1:

Apply to one of our partner schools. Please contact the school admission department or apply online directly to the school by their deadline.

(School may have an earlier  deadline)
Step 2:

Applicants must demonstrate financial need by filling out the FACTS application online. Review eligibility and requirements here.

February 15 deadline
Step 3:

Fill out the Freedom Scholar supplemental application and return completed application with all required items by the deadline.

February 15 deadline
**for students entering 9-12th grade only**

In addition to the customary annual scholarships of $2,250 per grade school student and $4,000 per high school student, Tri-County offers Freedom Scholarships. The Freedom Scholar program is geared to high school students with financial need and significant academic achievement and potential. It’s a partnership between participating schools, families and Tri-County.

Freedom Scholars benefit from having the bulk of their tuition paid. Tri-County contributes up to $5,000 and the participating schools must at least match that amount in tuition credits. The students' families will pay the remaining balance of the tuition. Applicants to the program must be graduating 8th graders and high school students. The scholarship is annually renewable. 

Freedom Scholars exhibit high achievement: a B average or better is the norm both in 8th grade and throughout high school. Emphasis is also placed on attendance, homework, participation, service and general good behavior. Students falling below a B will be placed on academic probation and every attempt will be made by the school to help them achieve a B average. If the above-mentioned guidelines are in order, the student will retain the scholarship. If not, the student will be dropped from the program, absent extenuating circumstances. 

In each high school, Freedom Scholars have a designated mentor, a senior staff or faculty member, who meets with them monthly. In addition, tutoring is available to all Freedom Scholars along with college testing preparation in junior year and college essay preparation in senior year. Top Tri-County scholars have been awarded full tuition scholarships to Colgate, Cornell, Villanova, UCLA, Rutgers, Georgetown, and Notre Dame, among others.


Download and print application or pick up at participating high schools. The deadline for applications is February 15. Awards will be announced in April.

For more information, please call 973-984-9600 or email Jody Varvaro at:

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