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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.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

Minority undergraduate and graduate students who have a background in the social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Recipients of the scholarship must intern for 12 to 15 weeks at the Aspen Institute's Washington, D.C. office.

Total: $4000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  November 27
2018

America Responds Memorial Scholarship

This award is for U.S. college juniors and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field. The applicant must enroll full time and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 1
2018

Zinda Law Group Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors and undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree related to criminal justice, law enforcement, government, political science, or sociology with a focus on criminal studies and law.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 1
2018

Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

This award is for U.S. and Canadian part-time graduate students who have been employed by a state or local government for two or more years and are preparing for a career in state or local government finance.

Total: $10000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  January 18
2019

L. Bary Santy Memorial and Public Works Academy Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Pinellas County high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in a public works-related field. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 19
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:  February 2
2019

Gordy and Gwen EMS Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Vermont students who are active members, or are spouses or children of active members, of a Vermont-licensed ambulance or first-respond squad in Addison or Chittenden counties. Students must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement/service.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  February 16
2019

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

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

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

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