SCHOLARSHIPS OVERVIEW

First Responders Children’s Foundation awards scholarships to children of first responders annually.  Scholarships provide a maximum 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 a demonstrated leadership, excellence in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community.  The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year.  Scholarships may be renewed annually up to a maximum of four years depending on the availability of funds, the financial need, and the recipient’s academic record.  The deadline for a complete application for the 2020 – 2021 academic year is July 1, 2020.  A complete application consists of all the components listed in the checklist below.

ELIGIBILITY

The applicant must be the child of a first responder (biological, adopted, or step-child).

An applicant who is the child of a deceased first responder must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible first responder.

An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible first responder prior to, or the adoption process must have begun prior to, the date of the death or total and permanent disability.

An applicant who is a stepchild must have been listed as a dependent on the eligible first responder’s federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability.

Candidates must be pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree, or Certificate at any accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution in the United States that participates in the federal financial aid programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year.

Candidate must maintain a 2.7 out of a 4.0 grade point average, or the equivalent as documented by the Office of the Registrar at the academic institution.

Candidate must be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program as defined and documented by the academic institution.

Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States.

Current First Responders Children’s Foundation officers and employees and members of their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

Disbursement Of Funds

Annual awards will be sent directly to the recipient’s school by way of a check made payable to the school on behalf of the scholarship recipient.  The annual award will be distributed in two equal payments – one for the Fall semester, and one for the Spring semester.  Disbursement of Spring semester payment is contingent upon verification from the academic institution that the student has maintained the required GPA and is enrolled full-time for the Spring semester.

To receive the second award disbursement, it is the scholarship recipient’s responsibility to submit an official academic transcript or other official verification from the academic institution no later than January 15th to First Responders Children’s Foundation verifying GPA for the semester just completed as well as official proof of full-time enrollment for the current or upcoming semester.  Spring payments cannot be made until such verification has been received.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Completed scholarship application.

 

  • The official academic transcript which includes cumulative GPA through the spring semester of the recently completed academic year.

 

  • Official proof of full-time enrollment for the Fall semester.

 

  • Evidence of honors, leadership positions, volunteer activities, and other achievements.

 

  • Personal essay not exceeding 700 words summarizing personal and professional achievements and career goals.

 

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (i.e. birth certificate, naturalization papers or valid U.S. passport).

 

  • Letters of recommendation from three individuals excluding family members including one academic reference, one personal reference and, if possible, one reference from the related first responder’s employer.

 

  • A copy of the candidate’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

  • A copy of the candidate’s Student Aid Report (SAR).

 

  • A copy of the candidate’s upcoming Fall tuition bill and Financial Aid Award letter from the enrolled school.

RENEWAL APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Award recipients may be eligible to apply for a renewal of their scholarship for up to three subsequent years of their continuing undergraduate program for a total of four years of awards.  To be eligible for a renewal, applicant must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater and must provide the following items in their renewal request submission by July 1, 2020 for the 2020 – 2021 academic year:

  • Completed scholarship application.
  • Documentation that applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree as defined and documented by the academic institution.
  • Official academic transcript which includes the cumulative GPA through the spring semester of the recently completed academic year.
  • Official proof of full-time enrollment for the upcoming Fall semester.
  • No personal essay is required, but you can submit an optional short statement summarizing the impact of prior First Responders Children’s Foundation scholarship awards, the importance of this scholarship toward achieving academic goals, and achievements and accomplishments since receiving the last scholarship award.
  • A copy of the candidate’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • A copy of the candidate’s Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • A copy of the candidate’s upcoming Fall tuition bill and Financial Aid Award letter from the enrolled school.

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