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Name Memorial Scholarships
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Award Value
Award Type Need-Based Scholarship
Merit-Based Scholarship
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Contact Information

Contact New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12255
Phone (888)697-4372

Scholarship Description

Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers and Emergency Medical Service Workers provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers*, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York.

*Peace Officers are defined in the criminal procedures law and include many categories including New York State Correction Officers.


Students must:
* Be matriculated at approved colleges or other post-secondary institutions in New York State.
* Study full time in approved undergraduate programs.
* Have a parent, spouse or were a financial dependent of a firefighter, volunteer firefighter, police officer, peace officer or emergency medical service worker who died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York.

Award Amount
Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program) and includes the following components:

* At a public college or university (SUNY or CUNY): actual tuition and mandatory educational fees; actual room and board charged to students living on campus or an allowance for room and board for commuter students; and allowances for books, supplies and transportation.
* At a private institution: an amount equal to SUNY four-year college tuition and average mandatory educational fees (or the student's actual tuition and fees, whichever is less) and allowances for room and board, books, supplies and transportation.
* In all cases, the total of all aid received by the recipient cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance.