Other Educational Assistance Programs

In addition to the Foundation’s scholarship programs, survivors of fallen firefighters may be eligible for educational assistance from other programs. Please contact these agencies and organizations directly for information.

Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance Program

Department of Justice

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Provides support for higher education expenses through an established monthly allowance for eligible survivors. It may be used to defray expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and other education-related costs.

For classes taken after October 1, 2009, the program offers up to $925 per month for full-time students and lesser amounts for part-time students.

This educational assistance program is limited to survivors who qualified for Public Safety Officers’ Benefits. It covers eligible survivors of Federal, state, and local fire and emergency services personnel killed in the line of duty since January 1, 1978.

Spouses are eligible for benefits at any time. Children are only eligible for expenses that occur prior to their 27th birthday.

All awards are reduced by the amount of other governmental assistance that a student is eligible to receive.


Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act

Federal Student Aid Office of the US Department of Education

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On March 23, 2018, the President signed Public Law 115-141, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which included an amendment to Section 473(b) of the Higher Education Act. Under this scholarship, beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. The scholarship requires the institution’s financial aid administrator to determine and document, in collaboration with the student, that the student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or parent’s or guardian’s death.


W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship

International Association of Fire Fighters

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Makes annual scholarship awards available to children of firefighters who died in the line of duty. The applicant’s parent must have been a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters at the time of death.


First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships

General Scholarships

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First Responders Children’s Foundation awards scholarships to children of first responders annually. These scholarships recognize financial need, academic merit and outstanding achievement in sports or the arts and helps students by providing financial support for their education at qualified institutions. The deadline for scholarship application is July 1.

CSX Pride in Service Scholarship

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CSX Scholarships provide an average award of $5,000 for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit and other achievements, such as demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports and volunteer activities benefitting the community. Open to children within one of the 23 states where CSX operates.

Christopher Lawton Memorial Scholarship

More: » About the Christopher Lawton Memorial Scholarship

The Christopher Lawton Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is the child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit and other achievements including demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to service in the community.

Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

More: » About the Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is the child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The scholarship recognizes financial need, academic achievement and the candidate must show a strong commitment to service in the community. Preference is given to eligible candidates who are majoring in the engineering fields.


Information on Affordable Online Colleges and Universities

Affordable Online Colleges

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Distance learning has a wide appeal to a diverse population of Americans. It offers students a number of advantages, many of which dovetail with other social or lifestyle needs. Online courses and degree programs suit working professionals who are looking to move up to management roles, often with their employers paying part or all of their tuition. It’s a powerful option for stay-at-home parents who are preparing for a new or re-entry career when they head back to work.