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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.

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

New York State September 11 Scholarship

This fund awards scholarships to rescue workers who are going to school to obtain their undergraduate nursing degrees. The applicant must be a member of a state or national professional EMT, firefighter or police officer association and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: April 28

NASA College Scholarship Fund

High school seniors or older students who are the dependents of current/retired NASA employees are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and plan to pursue a course of study in a science or engineering field that will lead to a recognized undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Total: $8000

Awards: 5

Deadline: April 30

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 01

Aldo Freda Legislative Pages Scholarship

This award is available for Rhode Island undergraduate and graduate students who are legislative pages in Rhode Island. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship.

Total: $1250

Awards: 2

Deadline: May 24

Life’s Choices Foundation Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. graduate students who have a career focus in national security 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: $3500

Awards: 2

Deadline: June 01

Betty Rendel Scholarship

This award is for U.S. female college juniors and seniors who are majoring in political science, government, or economics.

Total: $1000

Awards: 3

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

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

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: $3333

Awards: 4

Deadline: November 20