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Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship
The ICMA – RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund ( ICMA – RC Memorial Scholarship Fund ), provides the surviving children and spouses of local and state government employees financial assistance for postsecondary education.
ICMA – RC established the fund in 2001 to honor the lives of our nation’s police officers, firefighters, and other local and state government employees who have died in service to their communities. Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to attend a two- or four-year accredited college, university, or vocational school full-time. Scholarships are accepted annually from December 15 through 15th March.
This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Eligibility
Applicants to the ICMA – RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund must be :
- Children and / or spouses of deceased public employees* who have died in service to their community. The applicant must provide a letter from the deceased employee’s place of work certifying that the employee died in service to their community. Public employee is defined as a full- or part-time employee of any U.S. state or local government or entity created by a state or local government.
- High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
Unusual circumstances pertaining to the deceased employee’s death will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Awards are for tuition and fees only for students pursuing vocational, undergraduate, or graduate study.
The number of scholarships available and the dollar amount may vary each year depending on the number of qualified applications received. The maximum lifetime award a recipient is eligible to receive is $10,000.
Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Application
Interested students must complete the attached application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript to Scholarship Management Services postmarked no later than 15th March. Grade reports are not acceptable. Unofficial transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information, including an official letter from the deceased employee’s place of work certifying that the employee died in the service to their community. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible.
Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Selection of Recipients
Scholarship finalists are recommended by Scholarship Management Services on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations and one letter of recommendation. Financial need as calculated by Scholarship Management Services must be demonstrated for the student to be eligible to receive an award. Instructions for completing the Financial Data section of the application follow the program guidelines.
The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund selection committee selects scholarship recipients and determines award amounts. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Applicants will be notified by mid-June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year that they meet eligibility requirements and have not exceeded $10,000 in cumulative awards over their educational career.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of the ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund. Payments are made on August 1. The check will be mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school.
Recipients have no obligation to the ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to :
ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (507) 931-1682