FAQs FOR FAMILIES
What is the mission?
Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Our goal is to bridge the gap in funding between available sources of grants and scholarships (i.e., VA Chapter 33 or 35, federal, state, local and private grants) and the total cost of college.
Who do we serve?
Children – whether natural, by marriage or adoption – who have lost a parent in the line of military duty, during combat or peacetime. All branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard) and all components (active, reserve and guard) are covered.
What expenses are covered?
Costs related to undergraduate education: tuition, room and board, books, fees, living expenses, a one-time $1,000 computer stipend. Students can be enrolled in either public or private institutions; colleges, universities and vocational schools are covered. We do not cover airfare to and from school, and funding cannot be applied to graduate-level education.
How much does the organization provide to each student?
As this time, there is an annual cap of $6,250 per student, subject to the requirements described above. If the scholar has a GPA above 3.5, additional funding is available at the discretion of the Children of Fallen Patriots senior leadership. (Students may be eligible for additional funding as long as they meet the 2.0 term GPA requirement. Additional funding is available at the discretion of the Children of Fallen Patriots senior leadership.)
What documentation do I need to provide?
We realize the strain that surviving families endure, so we strive to make our process as simple, user-friendly and flexible as possible. Our staff can handle many of your needs over the phone. Typical documents needed include:
The family enrollment which enters you into our system. Enroll here.
A copy of the Casualty Report (DD1300) or DD214 along with death and birth certificates
Information on your VA benefits DIC for children under 18, CH35 or CH33
Transcript with GPA
Documentation of expenses (If applicable)
What is the scholarship award process?
Our scholarship committee seeks to maintain a streamlined grant approval process for you and your family. Grants are processed on a monthly basis, with all documents due to the programs team by the 15th of each month. (There are no hard deadlines, EXCEPT for living expenses. We do not retroactively assist with living expenses. We need all documents by the end of the semester in order to assist with living expenses.) Grants which are received in a timely fashion with all necessary supporting documentation will be processed within 4 weeks of receipt.
How are funds provided?
Once the grant has been approved, a check will be cut and paid directly to the educational institution. Exceptions can be made in situations with reimbursements for expenses paid out-of-pocket, such as living expenses, or other special circumstances. For payments made to the institution, we will include your name and student account number on the check.