Scholarship / Victim INFO
This is just some info I wanted to make
available for everyone. If anyone finds a
scholarship PLEASE let me add it, this is a
network of assistance and this is just how I
paid for school and plan for my own.
1st step is to choose your school. You need to
get done with admissions or at least be in the
process. For most scholarships, it needs
to be non-private and on the list for FAFSA.
There are always exceptions to the rule, but
find them out first.
www.FAFSA.ed.gov and fill it out. It becomes available on
January 1, annually and is on a need/first come
basis. Your school will require you fill
this out even if you don't qualify for the Pell
Grant. It opens up many other scholarship
venues outside of law enforcement line of duty
After you finish FAFSA,
contact the Financial Aid office at your school.
You have to stay on them constantly, especially
if it is close to school start dates. Plan
well in advance and check submission dates for
all scholarships you apply for...they vary for
The FA department can give
you direction for other scholarships too.
National COPS has
scholarships as well, and they have strict dates
to adhere to. Also, if your state provides
tuition assistance, which it does, for Spring
and Fall semesters, you won't be eligible for
the COPS one. You could be eligible for
the Summer semester.
New Mexico Higher Education (800.279.9777) provides a
tuition waiver. (for spouses and children)
This is not cash, but it
waves the costs of tuition only (not books,
fees, etc) If you qualify for other
scholarships, it does show up as a credit, so in
some form it can become cash for other expenses.
You need to contact the school's FA department
for this one. They usually don't know
about it, but give them the info on the benefits
page you get from the COPS site. This waiver
lasts for a four year calendar year from start
to finish for spouses. Children of
officers receive it if they are 21 or younger at
the time of their death. It does not list
a "max" age, so I am not positive about it.
Call or email if you need help...don't wait.
There are scholarships and grants if you keep
your GPA high. They are specific to
departments with in the school and to each
Department of Justice. (for spouses and
This is a tough one...First off, if you receive
ANY government scholarship or assistance,
whether state of federal, it reduces what DOJ
pays out. If you qualify for other
scholarships, but don't apply for them (like
COPS, IAPC, or Pell) they still reduce it.
This scholarship is available for a total of 4
years...accumulative, not calendar. I was
advised to use it for grad or masters programs
so it would be maximized. Here is their
Eligibility for spouses is not limited except
for the duration. Children of fallen
officers can receive this benefit till age 27.
If you went to school, but did not receive this
please contact us...we MAY be able to get some
form of reimbursement for you.
International Association of Police Chiefs
(for spouses and children)
Submission date: May 7
IACP Foundation, Inc.
Washington, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-6767, Ext. 367
- 800-THEIACP (843-42270
Fraternal Order of Police:
State, local lodges and auxiliary provide a
variety of scholarships so you need to check it
out. The NM FOP does not maintain a
website to my knowledge, but the Albuquerque
Lodge #1 contact is Bob Martinez or Sharon
Vantage Scholarship :
Submission from Dec. 15 - March 15
Fund is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity
founded by the ICMA-RC in 2001. Financial
support for the scholarship is provided by ICMA-RC,
individual sponsors, foundations, and
organizations. Applications for 2011/12
scholarships will be accepted from Dec. 15 -
March 15, 2011. Information can be found at
UNM Scholarships for incoming Freshman...also
see other state institutions for their
scholarships available. There is the
Bridge to Success scholarship as well as the
Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Fund
Scholarships To Recognize Intelligence Vision
(STRIVE) Children only)