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.