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SCHOLARSHIP

CSX Scholarships provide an average award of $5,000 for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and volunteer activities benefiting the community. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. This scholarship may be renewed annually (for up to a maximum of four years) depending on the availability of funds and the financial need and the academic record of the awardee. 

APPLICANT GUIDELINES

The applicant must be the child (biological, adopted or step-child) of a first responder who resides within one of the 23 states where CSX operates.

An applicant who is an adopted child must be adopted by the eligible first responder prior to, or the adoption process must have begun prior to the scholarship application process.

An applicant who is a stepchild must be listed as a dependent on the eligible first responder’s federal and state income tax returns.

Candidates must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or Certificate at any accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution in the United States that participates in the federal financial aid programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year.

Candidate must maintain a 2.7 out of a 4.0 grade point average, or the equivalent as documented by the Office of the Registrar at the academic institution.

Candidate must be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program as defined and documented by the academic institution.

Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States.

Current First Responders Children’s Foundation officers and employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS

Annual awards will be sent directly to the appropriate office of the recipient’s school by way of a check made payable to the school on behalf of the scholarship recipient. The annual award will be distributed in two (2) equal payments – one for the Fall semester and one for the Spring semester. Disbursement of Spring semester payment is contingent upon official verification from the academic institution that the student has maintained the required GPA and is enrolled full-time for the spring semester.


PLEASE NOTE: To receive the second award disbursement, it is the scholarship recipient’s responsibility to submit an official academic transcript (or other official verification from the academic institution) no later than January 15th to the First Responders Children’s Foundation offices verifying GPA for the semester just
completed as well as official proof of full-time enrollment for the current or upcoming semester. Spring payments cannot be made until verification has been received by the Foundation.

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS TO APPLY:

All of the listed items below must be completed.

Completed scholarship application.

The official academic transcript which includes cumulative GPA through the spring semester of the recently completed academic year.

Official proof of full-time enrollment for the fall semester.

Evidence of honors, leadership positions, volunteer activities, and other achievements.

Personal essay, not exceeding 700 words, summarizing personal and professional achievements and career goals.

Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency (i.e. birth certificate, naturalization papers or valid US passport).

Letters of recommendation from three (3) individuals excluding family members, including one academic reference, one personal reference and, if possible, one reference from the related first responder’s employer.

A copy of the candidate’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A copy of the candidate’s Student Aid Report (SAR).

A copy of the candidate’s upcoming fall tuition bill and Financial Aid Award letter from the enrolled school.

Renewal Application Procedures

Award recipients may be eligible to apply for a renewal of their scholarship for up to three subsequent years of their continuing undergraduate program (for a total of four years of awards). To be eligible for a renewal, applicant must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater and must provide the following items in their renewal request submission:

Completed scholarship application.

Documentation that applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree as defined and documented by the academic institution.

Official academic transcript which includes the cumulative GPA through the spring semester of the recently completed academic year.

Official proof of full-time enrollment for the upcoming Fall semester.

Personal essay, not exceeding 700 words, summarizing the impact of prior First Responders Children’s Foundation scholarship awards, the importance of this scholarship toward achieving your academic goals and your achievements and accomplishments since receiving your last scholarship award from our
Foundation.

A copy of the candidate’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A copy of the candidate’s Student Aid Report (SAR).

A copy of the candidate’s upcoming fall tuition bill and Financial Aid Award letter from the enrolled school.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the above documentation must be submitted via email by
July 1 for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Online application

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