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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.

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:  70
Deadline:  June 15
2020

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: $5000 Awards:  30
Deadline:  July 15
2020

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
2020

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
2020

ABA Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

This award is for students who are seeking a J.D. degree and attending law schools within the United States and its possessions, as well as lawyers under the age of 36 years (or admitted to practice less than five years as of Sept. 30), and candidates for an L.L.M. degree attending law schools within the United States and its possessions.

Total: $5000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  September 30
2020

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
2020

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: 

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:  1
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: $5000 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

FEEA Scholarship Program

International and U.S. high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students who are current federal civilian employees or the dependents (spouse or child) of such an employee are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  352
Deadline:  March 25

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 01