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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. Also, if you or your spouse is active duty military, there are many scholarships and educational benefits available through the government as well.

One of the best things about working for the government is that there are many opportunities to continue your education while still working full time. Many agencies offer tuition reimbursement programs, which can help offset the cost of going back to school. Additionally, there are many scholarships and educational benefits available to government employees and their families.

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.

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: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: February 11, 2023

Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. undergraduate college students who have a parent who was killed or permanently disabled in a work zone, including mobile operations and the installation of roadway safety features.

Total: $10000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Al Ponte Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. graduate students who have a career focus in international relations or intelligence. The applicant must be a member of the Associaton of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), OR the child or grandchild of a member of the AFIO, OR the child or grandchild of a serving intelligence professional.

Total: $15000

Awards: 3

Deadline: June 01, 2023

Illinois Grant Program for Dependents of Police, Fire, or Correctional Officers

This award is for students who are residents of Illinois and plan to attend a postsecondary institution in Illinois. The student must be the child or spouse of an Illinois police, fire, or correctional officer who was killed or at least 90 percent permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Total: $6161

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 15, 2023

Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship Program

This award is available to Arkansas residents who are attending an Arkansas state-supported college or university. The student must be the dependent or the spouse of an Arkansas resident who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty while working in a law enforcement or public service position.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: July 01, 2023

Ohio GFOA Member Continuing Education Scholarship

Ohio GFOA members who have been employed in a government position for two or more years and are working toward a bachelors degree or higher in accounting, finance, budgeting, or related field at an Ohio college or university are eligible for this award.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: July 11, 2023

Tennessee Dependent Children Scholarship Program

This award is available for Tennessee resident students who are planning to attend a Tennessee public or private college or university. Students must be the dependent child of a Tennessee law enforcement officer, fireman, or an emergency medical service technician who has been killed or totally and permanently disabled due to an incident that occurred in the line of duty while employed in Tennessee.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: July 15, 2023

Julia Ward Howe Scholarship

This scholarship is available for women in Massachusettes who are enrolled in a graduate program for political science.

Total: $500

Awards: 500

Deadline: March 01

100 Club of Arizona Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate students who meet one of the three eligibility classes: a beneficiary of the 100 Club of Arizona or immediate family member of a beneficiary; an immediate family member of a member of the eligible class (public safety officer or firefighter who was injured or killed in the line of duty); or an immediate family member of a member of the eligible class who met retirement eligibility of the applicable retirement system.

Total: $10500

Awards: 23

Deadline: March 15

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