Freedom Scholars


Freedom Scholar

application process

Step 1:

Students must apply to one of our partner school and indicate school of choice when applying for financial assistance. Please contact the school admission department or apply on line directly to the school by their deadline.

(School may have 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:

Freedom Scholar applicants must also download, fill out and return a supplemental application which provides us with the student's grades, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and student essay.

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

In addition to the customary annual scholarships of $2,000 per grade school student and $4,000 per high school student, Tri-County offers Freedom Scholarships. Freedom Scholars is a program geared to high school students of 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. It is understood that students' families will contribute something as well. Applicants to the program must be graduating 8th graders and high school students. 

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.

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. Winners will be announced in April.

For more information, please call 973-984-9600 or email

About the program

  1. The program will be called the Freedom Scholars Program and those selected will be known as “Freedom Scholars.” It will be annually renewable. It will be possible for students transferring in from other schools to be Freedom Scholars. 

  2. The program is for students with high academic potential: a B or better average is the norm. In addition, emphasis will be placed on attendance, homework, participation and general deportment. 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. 

  3. Freedom scholars will know that they are scholarship recipients, and that people who don’t even know them are investing in their education. It will be considered an honor to be a Freedom Scholar. Tri-County will be free to publicize its Freedom Scholars. The schools will get the necessary parental/guardian permissions. Parents/guardians are expected to be a key motivational force in their children’s success. 

  4. Each school will have a designated Tri-County liaison for the Freedom Scholars.

  5. Each student will have a mentor who is a senior staff or faculty member. 

  6. Tutoring will be made available to all Freedom Scholars. 

  7. Special emphasis will be given to college testing preparation and college essay preparation, to be determined by the school and communicated to Tri-County through the liaison. 

  8. Tri-County will contribute up to $5,000 and the participating schools will also contribute at least the same amount annually. It is understood that students’ families will contribute something as well. The particulars will be worked out between Tri-County and the school.

  9. Financial need will be determined through the FACTS Tuition Aid application process

  10. “Promise” will be determined by grades, testing, teacher evaluations and extra-curricular activities, for 8th and 9th grade applicants or transfers.