Applications must be postmarked and received by April 1.
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 Patrick Sondej Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Alan Patrick Sondej Memorial Scholarship Fund is the ﬁrst NFFF scholarship fund that is designed to provide scholarships that satisfy the full four year cost of college tuition, books and, where possible, room and board. The Sondej scholarship awarded a bi-annual basis, meaning that every other year, a new freshman will receive a four-year commitment.
Our Scholarship Partners
Several organizations partner with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide educational assistance to families of fallen firefighters. Family members who apply for the Foundation scholarship program may also be eligible for awards from these organizations.
Family members 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.
Motorola Solutions Foundation
The 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.
ICMA Retirement Corporation
The Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund 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.
The Global Health & 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.
National Association of State Fire Marshals
The National Association of State Fire Marshals John Heinz Memorial Scholarship Fund 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.
The College Board
The College Board wishes to recognize and honor the critical role that these men and women play in protecting the futures of our students by increasing the number of scholarships available for children of fallen first responders. To support the work of the NFFF, the College Board has donated $50,000 to be used over a 5 year period.
Columbia Southern University
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.
Engine Company 5 Foundation
The Engine Company 5 Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, has been formed to raise money and award funds for scholarships for the children of our fallen fire heroes. The Engine Company 5 Foundation awards scholarships with additional funds through the Terry Manning and David Edwards Memorial Scholarships.