The National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) awards scholarships to children of law enforcement officers or firefighters lost in the line of duty or permanently disabled in the line of duty. These awards recognize financial need as well as academic and overall achievement and help students by providing financial support for their education at qualified institutions.

The deadline for all scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year is July 1, 2017.

General Scholarship

General Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 per year.  The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year.  A general scholarship may be renewed annually (for up to a maximum of four years) depending on the availability of funds and the financial need and academic record of the awardee.

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Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Ovis, who passed away suddenly on May 25, 2005, had over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the United States Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security. The scholarship will honor one outstanding student each year in Victoria’s memory and is a $2000 award for a single academic year.

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Vincent Bennett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Vincent Bennett, who passed away suddenly on September 19, 2013, was a Manager for Cisco Systems in Iselin, N.J. for 15 years, and an integral member of the NLEAFCF’s inaugural Hero Awards Gala in September of 2013. The gala was near and dear to Vince’s heart as he came from a family of first responders. He was a member of the National Sheriffs Association and an associate member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. The scholarship will honor one exceptional freshman each year in Vince’s memory and is a $20,000 award over a four year period ($5,000 per year).

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