2023-2024 NFFF Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted Online

2023-2024 NFFF Scholarship Applications

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the family often faces many challenges as they work to rebuild their lives. For example, children and spouses of these fallen heroes may not have the funds necessary to pursue their educational and career goals.

But through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) scholarship programs, loved ones of the fallen can realize their educational dreams. The Foundation’s scholarship program began in 1997 and is named in honor of U. S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong supporter of education and America’s fire service family. Sarbanes authored the legislation creating the Foundation in 1992.

Online applications are being accepted January 1 through March 1 for the 2023-2024 NFFF Scholarships, which provide financial assistance to spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Applicants only need to fill out one application to be considered for our partner programs:

Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, vocational-technical training, and certification and job training programs. They may be used for study at an officially accredited in-state or out-of-state public and private schools.

To be eligible, children must be under age 30 presently and have been under age 22 at the time of their firefighter’s death. All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalency or must be in their final year of high school. Applicants must also be pursuing or planning to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies, a certification program or job skills training at an officially accredited institution and must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full- or part-time student.

As part of the online application process, the form asks each applicant to upload their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Report form. Applicants who choose to not upload their FAFSA Student Aid Report form are still eligible for a scholarship award, but the amount of their award will be influenced due to their composite score not including any credit for financial need.

Together with assistance from generous donors such as Motorola Solutions Foundation and David Levy, along with the NFFF partnerships with MissionSquare Retirement, National Association of Fire Marshals, Global Health and Safety and the Engine Company 5 Foundation, over $5,777,382 in scholarships have been awarded to date!

Questions? Please contact Eric Nagle at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you to make the 2023-2024 scholarship application and academic year a success!

*The Motorola Solutions Foundation Enhanced Scholarship Initiative is designed to provide for larger, and in certain cases, full scholarships on an academic year-by-academic year basis. To be eligible for an award under this program, the applicant must be pursuing a major in a STEM subject or Public Safety field. Awards under this program are made annually and will be based upon an assessment of financial need and academic performance using a composite scoring system. For additional information on the composite scoring, please view the in-depth Q&A document and table.