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Working for the government can definitely have its perks when you decide to go to college, and it can be beneficial for the whole family. For instance, there are scholarships available to those that have lost a parent or spouse while in the line of duty as a U.S. Marshall, NCIS employee, game warden, FBI agent, and more. The Federal Employee Education & Assistance (FEEA) Fund offers an annual scholarship competition just for civilian federal and postal employees, as well as their children and spouses. There are even job-specific scholarships for government and public service employees and their family members, such as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), firefighters, law enforcement officials, highway patrol officers, U.S. Postal Service workers, and more. If you have a parent or spouse who works as a government official — either local, state, or federal — check out our government official scholarships to help you discover ways to help pay for college.

Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Baltimore who have been accepted to UMBC and the Walter Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must demonstrate an interest in public policy.

Total: $5000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  March 1
2019

Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who are children of active police officers or firefighters serving in the City of Reading (PA) or retired or deceased police officers or firefighters who served in the City of Reading (PA). Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $750 Awards:  6
Deadline:  March 15
2019

Paul S. Kleidman Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for current seniors at Arlington Highschool in New York state. Applicants must have been affected by the serious illness of a parent or close guardian.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Law Enforcement Benefit Scholarship

This scholarship is open to dependent children of slain officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, or N.C. State Highway Patrol (located in Forsyth County). Students may be high school seniors or already enrolled in postsecondary education; students who have already left home and are self-supporting are not eligible.

Total: $1767 Awards:  4
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Carefirst/Hal Cohen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for graduate students in Maryland who are majoring in economics or health policy. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher to be competitive during the selection process.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Major Jeremiah P. Murphy Scholarship

This scholarship is open to children of active, retired, or deceased Providence (RI) police officers who are or will be attending postsecondary institutions offering two-year associate's or four-year college degree.

Total: $2500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 6
2019

Michael P. Murphy Public Service Graduate Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. and international graduate students who are planning to pursue a career in government.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 1
2019

Aldo Freda Legislative Pages Scholarship

This award is available for Rhode Island undergraduate and graduate students who are legislative pages in Rhode Island. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship.

Total: $1500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  May 24
2019

Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial & Jean. B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program

This award is available to Maryland students who are planning to enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university. The student must be a: dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran; disabled veteran; dependent of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; veteran or dependent of a veteran who was declared POW/MIA in Vietnam; dependent of a deceased or disabled state/local public safety employee/volunteer; deceased or disabled state/local public safety employee/volunteer; ...

Total: $6143 Awards:  140
Deadline:  July 15
2019

Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship

This award is available to Mississippi undergraduate students who are planning to enroll full time at a state-supported college or university in Mississippi. The student must be the spouse or dependent child of a fatally injured or totally disabled law officer or fireman.

Total: $8416 Awards:  21
Deadline:  September 15
2019

Exemption for Children of Disabled or Deceased Firemen, Police Officers, and Other Public Servants

This award is available to Texas resident students who are the children of persons who have been disabled or killed in the line of duty while serving the community. The applicant must apply before his/her 21st birthday.

Total: $4200 Awards:  120
Deadline: 

NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest

This scholarship is available for U.S. women who are currently enrolled as a high school junior or senior. To apply, students must submit an original essay on a constitutional topic and must provide two letters of recommendation.

Total: $3000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  July 14