The National Fallen Firefighters 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.

» Sarbanes Scholarship Program and Eligibility Requirements

Other Educational Assistance:
» State Programs | Federal Programs | Other Programs

Scholarship Resources:
» Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know
» College Affordability Guide

» Scholarships Awarded:
2017 – 2018 | 2016 – 2017 | 2015 – 2016 | 2014 – 2015
2013 – 2014 | 2012 – 2013 | 2011 – 2012 | 2010 – 2011
2009 – 2010 | 2008 – 2009 | 2007 – 2008
» Alumni: NFFF Scholarship Alumni Association

Scholarship Applicant Notes

Survivors who apply for the Foundation’s Sarbanes Scholarship Program will also be considered for several partner programs. You only need to submit the Foundation scholarship application and materials to be considered for the partner programs.

Application for NFFF and Partner Scholarship Programs

Applications must be postmarked and received by April 1

Our Scholarship Partners

Several organizations partner with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide educational assistance to survivors of fallen firefighters. Survivors who apply for the Foundation scholarship program may also be eligible for awards from these organizations.

National Association of State Fire Marshals John Heinz Memorial Scholarship Fund
National Association of State Fire Marshals
Provides educational scholarships to the surviving children and spouses of fallen firefighters and emergency medical personnel, and who died in the line of duty on or after September 12, 1982, and qualified under the Department of Justice’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program.
Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
ICMA Retirement Corporation
Assists children and spouses of deceased public employees who died in the line of duty, who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
Global Health and Safety Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund
Offers annual financial assistance for higher education and training to families of firefighters honored at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Motorola Solutions Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides educational scholarships, particularly focused on science, technology, engineering or math, to children, stepchildren and spouses of firefighters who died in the line of duty and are honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Columbia Southern University Scholarship
The NFFF/Columbia Southern University Scholarship program is open to spouses and life partners of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Columbia Southern University is a completely online university offering degree programs and a flexible learning style designed to accommodate a busy life.
College Board
In order to support the work of the NFFF, the College Board has donated $50,000 to be used over a 5 year period.