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Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program

The Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program was established in recognition of the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This grant program was established to provide educational opportunity to the remaining family members. The Public Service Grant Program is the only scholarship program not based on demonstrated financial need, but rather entitlement.


To be eligible for a Massachusetts Public Service Grant, at student must:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for one year prior to the start of the academic year for which the scholarship is granted
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non citizen
- Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in an eligible institution
- Not have received a prior bachelors degree or its equivalent
- Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration Requirements
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards
- Be able to provide the necessary documentation to evidence one of the following conditions:
- Child or widowed spouse of a Massachusetts police officer, firefighter or corrections officer who was killed or died from injuries received while performing his or her duties. This shall also include authorized training duty
- Child of a Prisoner of War Military Service Person Missing in Action in Southeast Asia whose war time service was credited to the Commonwealth and whose service was between February 1, 1955 and the termination of the Vietnam campaign
- Child of a Veteran whose service was credited to the Commonwealth and who was killed in action or died as a result of such service

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