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
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.
W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship
International Association of Fire Fighters
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.
Information on Affordable Online Colleges and Universities
Affordable Online Colleges
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.