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 (including NYS Correction 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.

Eligibility

An applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be a child, spouse or financial dependent of deceased firefighter, volunteer firefighter, police officer (including NYS Correction Officers), or emergency medical service worker who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma earned, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program of study;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester applicable toward the degree program;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or or repayment of any NYS award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

Award Amount

A recipient will receive a maximum of $23,045 for the 2016-17 academic year if living on campus and a maximum of $15,125 if commuting to college. Students choosing to live off campus when housing is available will be paid a the lower commuter rate.

  • 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: such as room and board, books, supplies and transportation up to the non-tuition cost allowances at SUNY colleges.
    • Type of housing affects the total amount, with an on-campus student receiving a higher room and board allowance than a commuter student; however, if housing is not available on campus, the student will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.

Receipt of other grants and scholarships may reduce the Memorial Scholarships award amount. The total of all aid received cannot be greater than the cost of attendance determined for federal Title IV student financial aid purposes.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Duration

Recipients are entitled to payment for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if enrolled in a bachelor degree program approved as a program normally requiring five years of study.

How to Apply

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

If more than one member of a family applies for a Memorial Scholarships award, each family member must submit a separate supplement.

How to Request Payment

Award recipients must request payment by June 30 of each academic year:

  • Current New York State residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP on the Web application linked directly to the FAFSA.
  • Non-New York State residents must contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

HESC makes payments to schools upon certification of eligibility and submission of appropriate financial aid applications.

Questions?

Please contact the Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 with questions about this Program