NYS Memorial Scholarship

The NYS Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers*, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York. 

*Peace Officers are defined in the criminal procedures law and include many categories including New York State Correction Officers.

Eligibility

Students must:

  • Be children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers*, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York


Additionally students must:

  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, have earned a high school equivalency diploma earned through passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not be in default on any State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards

How to Apply

Complete and submit the NYS Memorial Scholarship Web Supplement. Be sure to print the Web Supplement confirmation, sign the supplement and submit it along with the required documentation according to the instructions. 

Once you have established your eligibility and are assigned an account number by HESC, you must do one of the following by June 30 of each academic year to request payment:

  • Current New York State residents – Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and TAP on the Web application. FAFSA and TAP applications and instructions are available at www.hesc.ny.gov.
  • If you are not a resident of New York State – Contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

Award Amount

Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program) and includes the following components:

  • Tuition: An amount equal to your actual tuition or the State University of New York’s (SUNY) in-state tuition, whichever is less.
  • Non-tuition Costs: These include room and board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY Colleges. The Commissioner of Education sets the non-tuition cost allowances each year.
  • Residence: A student living on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than a commuter student. If housing is not available for students on campus they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.

The maximum total annual award for students living on campus for the 2014-15 academic year is $21,892; the maximum total annual award for total annual award for commuter students for the 2014-15 academic year is $14,602.  NOTE:  Students choosing to live off campus when housing is available will be paid at the lower commuter rate.

Award Payment

HESC will make payments to schools on behalf of students upon certification of eligibility and submission of appropriate financial aid applications.