Starting with the 2018-2019 academic year, the federal Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship is for students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer.
At the time of a parent or guardian public safety officer’s death, students must have either been:
- Under the age of 24 years, or
- Enrolled at an institution of higher education
Students must also be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant during the award year.
For the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, the U.S. Department of Education states that a ‘public safety officer’ is:
- As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
- A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.
Any Penn College incoming or current student who believes s/he is eligible for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship should contact the Financial Aid Office.