Under the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the academic year for which the determination of eligibility is made.
To qualify for the scholarship, a student must have a Pell-eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and be younger than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent's or guardian's death. In subsequent academic years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student.
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, the following are considered a public safety officer:
As defined in section 1204 of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b)
A fire or police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with state or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call or other fire, rescue or police emergency or at a planned special event.