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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.

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

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

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 01

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 01

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 06

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

This award is for young people aged 8-18 who have completed an extraordinary service project.

Total: $10000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  April 15

National Pawnbrokers Association Future Business Leaders Scholarship

This merit-based and need-based scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate students who are the dependent/spouse/customer/employee of, or sponsored by, a member of the National Pawnbrokers Association who has been in good standing for the previous 12 months or a member in good standing for the previous 12 months who was killed in the line of duty OR a dependent or spouse of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Total: $1000 Awards:  17
Deadline:  April 20