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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.

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: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 01

Col. Sully H. de Fontaine Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. college sophomores and juniors who have a career focus in intelligence, foreign affairs, and/or natural security studies. 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: $1200 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 01

Women in Public Finance Scholarship

U.S. graduating high school senior females who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this award. Students must have an interest in pursuing a public finance related career in finance, government, nonprofits, or law.

Total: $3000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 15

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: $8428 Awards:  30
Deadline:  July 01

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:  2
Deadline:  July 15

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 26

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:  August 19

BrickHouse Security College Scholarship

This award is for U.S. high school seniors and college students who are current or former law enforcement officers, or dependents of an officer, who was injured in the line of duty.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 10

Acorn Equality Fund McKeon Scholarship

The McKeon Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, as well as political involvement and advocacy for LGBT issues.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20