Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship
This is a funding option available to Pell-eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer. It was created on March 23, 2018 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. If eligible this award will allow a student to receive to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made.
To qualify for this award a student must be:
- Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant
- The student must be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death.
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:
- As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b);
- A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.