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Award Name Amount Deadline
NLEAFCF - Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship $20,000 July 1, 2017
NLEAFCF - Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship $ - July 1, 2017
NLEAFCF General Scholarship $20,000 July 1, 2017
Law Enforcement Officers’ (LEO) Dependents Scholarship $10,000 June 1, 2017
The Pinnacol Foundation College Scholarship Program $ - April 15, 2017
The Jackie Spellman Scholarship $5,000 April 15, 2017
Hendrick Scholarship Foundation $16,500 March 18, 2018
Wah Lum Warrior Spirit Scholarship Award $2,000 July 15, 2017
Mary Barton Freeman Scholarship $2,500 March 11, 2018
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation $10,000 March 1, 2018

NLEAFCF - Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is the child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. This award recognizes financial need, as well as academic achievement, and the candidate must show a strong commitment to service in the community. A declared major is not required, but preference is given to eligible candidates who are majoring in the engineering fields.

Eligibility:-The applicant must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible officer or firefighter-An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible officer or firefighter 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 officer or firefighter's federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability-Must be pursuing a 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. Preference is given to students pursuing their first degree or certificate-Be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year-Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA-Make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program as defined by the institution-Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States-Current NLEAFCF officers, employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to applyThe scholarship is a $20,000 award over a four year period ($5,000 per year). The awardee must maintain all academic eligibility requirements during the four years of the award.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

NLEAFCF - Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $ -
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Victoria Ovis Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Awards are based on financial need as well as scholarship and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. The recipient of this award must be a student from or reside and attend school in New York State or the New York metro area. A declared major is not required, but preference is given to eligible candidates who are majoring in criminology or pre-law.

Eligibility:-Applicants must be dependent children, stepchildren or legally adopted children of an eligible law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty-Submit a physician's certification of the "total and permanent disability." The physician must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy who is legally authorized to practice in a state-Must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible officer or firefighter-An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible officer or firefighter 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 officer or firefighter's federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability -Awards are based on financial need, scholarship, and other achievements such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community-Candidates must be pursuing a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, undergraduate certificate or undergraduate diploma at an 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-Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA-Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States-Current NLEAFCF officers and employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to applyThe Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship is awarded for a single academic year and is not renewable.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

NLEAFCF General Scholarship

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

General scholarships are for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. The number of scholarships varies from year to year. This scholarship is renewable up to a maximum of four (4) years, depending on the availability of funds and the financial need and the academic record of the awardee.

Eligibility:-Applicant must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible officer or firefighter-An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible officer or firefighter 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 officer or firefighter's federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability-Be pursuing a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or certificate at any accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution in the United States -Preference is given to students pursuing their first degree or certificate-Be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year-Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA-Make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program as defined by the institution-Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States-Current NLEAFCF officers and employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to applyFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Law Enforcement Officers’ (LEO) Dependents Scholarship

Amount: $10,000
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Law Enforcement Officers' (LEO) Dependents Scholarship program provides an eight-semester scholarship to any state-supported college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas to dependents of Arkansas residents in one of the categories below who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty:

-Law enforcement officers-Full-time or volunteer firefighters-Municipal and/or college or university police officers-Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs-Constables-Game Wardens-Certain Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department employees-State forestry employees engaged in fighting forest fires-State correction employees killed or totally disabled due to contact with inmates or parolees-State park employees who are commissioned law enforcement officers or emergency response employees-Emergency Medical Technicians-Department of Community Punishment employeesThe scholarship will reimburse the institution the cost of tuition, fees and dormitory room charges when provided in campus-owned facilities. The scholarship will not pay the cost of books, food, school supplies, and materials, or fees for extracurricular activities. Dependent children are eligible to receive benefits for eight semesters and must be less than twenty-three (23) years of age on or before the first day of the semester or quarter. Spouses are entitled to an eight-semester scholarship. The spouse will no longer be eligible if he or she remarries. The benefits will cease at the end of the semester in which the spouse is currently enrolled at the time of the remarriage.In order to renew the scholarship, recipients must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Eligibility:-Be a bona fide Arkansas resident-Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien-Be the biological, stepchild, legally adopted child or spouse of an eligible Arkansas law enforcement officer-Be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved Arkansas public institution-Provide required documentation as determined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in order to determine eligibilityFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

The Pinnacol Foundation College Scholarship Program

Amount: $ -
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship Program helps the children of Colorado workers injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident - regardless of insurance carrier - pay for a post-secondary education.

Eligibility: -Be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a Colorado-based employer and entitled to receive benefits under the Colorado Workers' Compensation Act-Be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application deadline-Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher-Have a high school diploma, GED or be a high school senior-Hold legal status in the United States; or meet the requirements and have applied or started the process of applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-Submit a comprehensive first-year application which includes documentation of your parent's accident, personal essay, transcripts, financial information, representation of civic involvement, and a letter of recommendation.-Submit a renewal application every yearFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship

Amount: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who have been impacted in some way by leukemia or lymphoma, either as survivors, individuals diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, or individuals who have a member of his or her immediate family who have or had leukemia or lymphoma while living in the same household. Eligible students include high school seniors or those attending community college, a four-year university, or graduate school.

This scholarship is available to:-Graduating high school seniors that will attend a nationally recognized/accredited, community college, four-year university, and graduate students who are leukemia or lymphoma patients and/or are children, siblings, or parents of leukemia or lymphoma patients. A letter from the treating doctor must also be supplied to certify that the individual or applicant's sibling or parent has/had leukemia or lymphoma, or a Certificate of Death stating leukemia or lymphoma as the cause of death-Students who plan to enroll full time at a nationally accredited college or university-Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA-Students who demonstrate financial need-Prior scholarship winners are eligible to apply For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Hendrick Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $16,500
Deadline: March 18, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

We are seeking to come alongside low-income students who persevered to overcome adversity, and who are motivated and academically capable of successfully earning a college degree. We accept up to 15 new students each year. Students must submit the application form and accompanying documentation, including the essay.

Eligibility:-Be a United States citizen-Be a recent Plano ISD graduate (apply during the last semester of your senior year)-Have at least a 2.5 high school GPA-Have financial need which must be documented by providing copies of the parents' tax return, W-2, FAFSA/Student Aid Report, or high school confirmation of eligibility for free or reduced lunch program-Submit an essay describing your adversities, how you have overcome them, and what going to college means to you-Provide reference letters-Will participate in the program activities in order to receive scholarshipsFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Wah Lum Warrior Spirit Scholarship Award

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Wah Lum Warrior Spirit Scholarship Award seeks to recognize and provide support to graduating high school students who have shown exceptional perseverance in overcoming special adversity during their school careers and have developed a meaningful plan for their future. The Award is administered by the Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy of Malden. Kung fu, one of the chief martial arts taught at Wah Lum Academy, is sometimes translated into English as "hard work"; the Warrior Spirit Award seeks to honor the great labor of young people in overcoming adversity from within and without, and the special effort needed to transform their experiences into a meaningful trajectory in their personal lives and communities.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Mary Barton Freeman Scholarship

Amount: $2,500
Deadline: March 11, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Mary Barton Freeman Scholarships were established to honor the life of Mary Barton Freeman who lost her life to Endometrial Cancer after a 3 year battle. She was a wife, sister and mother of 3 who enjoyed traveling, cooking, needlework, learning and living her life to the fullest. The scholarships were established by her family and friends to support young adults working towards their career and higher education goals.

Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

Since 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has been Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. The Nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Scholarship Foundation pays particular attention to those students whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat or has demonstrated financial need.

Applicants must be the child of one of the following:-Active duty or reserve U.S. Marine-Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps-Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with a U.S. Marine unit-Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with a U.S. Marine unit and has received an honorable discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman attached to a Marine unitAdditionally, applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:-Must have at least a 2.0 GPA-Family adjusted gross income for the previous tax year that does not exceed $95,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included in determining adjusted gross income-Planning to attend an accredited undergraduate college or career training school in the upcoming academic year-Students who already have their first undergraduate degree, or are pursuing their second bachelor's degree, or attending graduate school of any kind, or attending Federal Service Academies are not eligible.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.