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First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships

Offered by The First Responders Children’s Foundation

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Aug 7, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

May 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you the child of a first responder? If so, you may be eligible for some of the The First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships! The scholarships are open to children of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers. They are funded by the First Responders Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the families of first responders who have risked their lives to serve our communities. The foundation has been awarding scholarships for the past 20 years. Check out the information below to see if you’re eligible to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarships are open to students who are the biological, adopted, or step-children of a police officer, firefighter, EMT, paramedic, or 911 dispatcher, including those deceased. However, bear in mind that each scholarship may have its own unique, additional eligibility requirements. All applicants must meet the general eligibility requirements below.

Grade Level

College Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA



Applicants must be the relative of a Public Safety Officer

Application information

Applicants must submit their most recent tuition bill, their Student Aid Report (SAR), a picture of themselves, a picture of first responder’s ID OR letter from employer, and a list of achievements (honors, leadership positions, volunteer activities, etc). Students whose parent or guardian suffered a disability or passed away should provide a letter from human resources and a statement describing their story. Be sure to also submit the below application materials before the deadline.

700-word essay

Proof of enrollment

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The First Responders Children’s Foundation at 646-822-4236.

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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