The Victoria Ovis Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Awards are based on financial need as well as scholarship and other achievements, such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. The recipient of this award must be a student from or reside and attend school in New York State or the New York metro area. A declared major is not required, but preference is given to eligible candidates who are majoring in criminology or pre-law.
-Applicants must be dependent children, stepchildren or legally adopted children of an eligible law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty
-Submit a physician's certification of the "total and permanent disability." The physician must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy who is legally authorized to practice in a state
-Must have been conceived prior to the death or total and permanent disability of the eligible officer or firefighter
-An applicant who is an adopted child must have been adopted by the eligible officer or firefighter prior to, or the adoption process must have begun prior to, the date of the death or total and permanent disability
-An applicant who is a stepchild must have been listed as a dependent on the eligible officer or firefighter's federal and state income tax returns in the income tax years immediately prior to the death or total and permanent disability
-Awards are based on financial need, scholarship, and other achievements such as a demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community
-Candidates must be pursuing a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, undergraduate certificate or undergraduate diploma at an accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution in the United States that participates in the federal financial aid programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education
-Candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year
-Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA
-Candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending school in the United States
-Current NLEAFCF officers and employees, and members of their immediate families are not eligible to apply
The Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship is awarded for a single academic year and is not renewable.
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.