Armed Forces and Public Safety Officer Dependent Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $4,000
Awards Available: 100
Award Deadline: Dec 31, 2024

Applications are open year-round.

This scholarship is for dependents of fallen or permanently disabled (to the point that they are unemployable) Idaho members of the armed forces or Idaho public safety officers.

Eligible applicants must be Idaho residents.

Contact the state Scholarship Program Manager (jmiller@edu.idaho.gov) for application instructions and pre-screening.

For a child of a military member or public safety officer, the applicant must:

  • Be an Idaho resident.
  • Be a graduate from an Idaho high school or its equivalent (GED from Idaho).
  • Enroll as a student in an academic or professional-technical program at North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, College of Southern Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University or College of Western Idaho.
  • Be a child already born or born after a military member or public safety officer is determined to be imprisoned or missing in action is killed or becomes unemployable. The parent must have been an Idaho resident at the time they entered active service as an Idaho resident, as noted on the DD-214 under “home of record,” as well as be a current Idaho resident.
  • If applying under the parent being unemployable:
  • Armed Forces: The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has made a determination of individual unemployability; or the United States social security administration has made or recognized a determination of total and permanent disability, and the determination is based on injuries or wounds sustained during active duty or inactive duty training.
  • Public Safety Officers: Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI).

For a spouse of a military member or public safety officer, the applicant must:

  • Be an Idaho resident.
  • Enroll as a student in an academic or professional-technical program at North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, College of Southern Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University, or College of Western Idaho.
  • Have been married to a military member or public safety officer at the time that they were determined to be imprisoned or missing in action or was killed or became totally and permanently disabled.
  • In the situation where a military member or public safety officer becomes totally and permanently disabled, the applicant must be currently married to such person.
  • Be the spouse of one who was an Idaho resident at the time they entered active service as an Idaho resident, as noted on the DD-214 under “home of record” and is a current resident.
  • If applying under the spouse being unemployable:
  • Armed Forces: The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has made a determination of individual unemployability; or the United States social security administration has made or recognized a determination of total and permanent disability, and the determination is based on injuries or wounds sustained during active duty or inactive duty training.
  • Public Safety Officers: Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI).
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