The First Responders Children’s Foundation awards scholarships to children of first responders who either died or became permanently disabled in line of duty. These awards recognize financial need along with academic merit and overall achievement. In 2016 the Global Foundation for First Responders (GFFFR) partnered with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to establish the Global First Responders Scholarship – one of several scholarships awards available through the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Founded in 2015, the GFFFR mission is to support the families of first responders who lost their lives saving others in the line of duty. These men and women dedicated their lives to helping others and ensuring safety. GFFFR honors these individuals and would like to give back to their families to show appreciation.
Global First Responders scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is the child of a first responder who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The scholarship is a $20,000 award over a four year period ($5,000 per year) contingent upon the recipient maintaining all applicant eligibility requirements during the four years of the award.
The Global First Responder scholarship award is based on financial need as well as academic merit and other achievements including demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to service in the community. Preference for this award will be given to an eligible student who is from or resides and attends school in the New York Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT).
The applicant must the child (biological, adopted or step-child) of a first responder.
An applicant who is the child of a deceased first responder, must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible first responder.
An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible first responder prior to, or the adoption process must have begun prior to, the date of the death or total and permanent disability.
An applicant who is a stepchild must have been listed as a dependent on the eligible first responder’s federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability.
Candidates must be pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s 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 such verification has been received by the Foundation.