Since 1997, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its partners have awarded 1,357 scholarships totaling $4,080,178 to spouses, children, and stepchildren of fallen firefighters from 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial are eligible to apply for assistance. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, vocational-technical training, and certification and job training programs.
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Scholarship Success Stories
“With my scholarship support, I was able to attend Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. There, I was a starting member of the Crimson Storm volleyball team, President of the Student Nursing Association, a Resident Advisor in the freshman dorm, and got to participate in a whole laundry list of other school sponsored activities, and that’s just the fun stuff. Over the past three and half years, I have also developed an education that will allow me to graduate this May prepared to take the NCLEX, and become a registered nurse. The memories of college will last forever, but the effects of my education will hopefully benefit my community until retirement, and I’m thrilled to get started! Thanks again for providing me with this opportunity, and in all actuality, this life that I’m now prepared to lead. It would not have been possible without your financial support.”
Daughter of James Clark, III – 1999
I am Helen King wife of fallen firefighter Larry King, Sr. who died in the line of duty in 1998.
When my husband died I became Mom and Dad to two children who I knew was depending on me to help them. I took on the task of working two jobs to make ends meet and support my family. Because of the way my husband died ( of a massive heart attack) he did not qualify for PSOB benefits.
My time with my children became few to almost none through the week just long enough to give them food and leave for my other job. I decided after getting a letter from the foundation about scholarships for children and spouses that I would go back to school. I applied for a scholarship and was given the opportunity to further my education in business.
The foundation has helped so many people to reach their goals in life and given them a new outlook at a promising furture. I am currently working as a Bail Bondsman but working toward getting a job with the State of Tennessee with my degree in Applied Science in Business.
Applied Science in Business (TN)
Wife of Larry King, Sr. – 1998 Helen King
“I am a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Design with a minor in business. I want to say thank you for helping to make all of this possible. Paying for college is a very stressful process and it helps immensely to have such a large portion of the burden lifted. My family and I have been through a lot and it’s great to see there are people out there willing to help out.”
Digital Design (OH)
Son of Kenneth J. Jutte – 2003