The Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter’s death.

NFFF Scholarship Funds

Senator Paul Sarbanes

The NFFF Sarbanes Scholarship Program

Spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial are eligible to apply for the NFFF Sarbanes Scholarship Program and our partner programs. The NFFF Sarbanes Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, vocational-technical training, and certification and job training programs. They may be used for study at in-state or out-of-state public and private schools.

Alan P. Sondej

Alan Patrick Sondej Memorial
Scholarship Fund

The Alan Patrick Sondej Memorial Scholarship Fund is the first National Fallen Firefighters Foundation scholarship fund that is designed to provide scholarships that satisfy the full four year cost of college tuition and books. Awards are based on an evaluation of academic achievement and financial need and are available to students pursuing a major in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and public safety.

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Motorola Solutions Foundation
Enhanced Scholarship Initiative

The Motorola Enhanced Scholarship Initiative will provide for larger, and in certain cases, full, scholarships. To be eligible, the applicant must be pursing a major in a STEM subject or public safety. Awards are made on a annual basis and will be based on an assessment of financial need and academic performance using a composite scoring system.

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Scholarships Awarded

2020 - 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Since 1997, the Foundation and its partners have awarded 1,490 scholarships totaling over $4,790,994 to spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters from over 46 states and the District of Columbia. Fields of study for the recipients have ranged from Accounting to Auto Mechanics, and from Fire Science to Elementary Education.

2020 – 2021 | 2019-2020 | 2018 – 2019 | 2017 – 2018

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