Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

The Children of Fallen Hero’s act was established by Congress to award Pell-eligible students whose parents died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer will be eligible under this scholarship to receive a maximum Pell grant award and zero Family Contribution (EFC) for the purpose of financial aid awards.Criteria:

To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be:

  • Pell-eligible
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC
  • Must be less than 24 years of age
  • Or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parents or guardians death.

For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a “public safety officer” is:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties—
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;

 

For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, the full definitions of a “public safety officer” and definition of “parent/guardian” are defined via the scholarship webpage.

For more information regarding this scholarship and to view definitions, please visit:

https://www.nasfaa.org/news-item/16809/11-19_Children_of_Fallen_Heroes_Scholarship_Act