Educational Assistance

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The 100 Club of Illinois Educational Assistance Program exists to provide funding and resources for surviving dependents of fallen first responders in the State of Illinois. Assistance is provided for post-secondary education, whether a college, university, trade or vocational school. To date, the Club has provided assistance to 291 Scholars who have conferred 339 degrees since 1980. 

To be eligible for 100 Club of Illinois Educational Assistance, dependents of a 100 Club Hero must meet the criteria detailed below. For purposes of this program a “100 Club Hero” refers to a First Responder who has died as a direct and proximate result of personal injury sustained in the line of duty and whose dependent family members were declared eligible to receive 100 Club assistance as a result of that fatality.

Undergraduate Scholars must…

  • Be the biological, adopted or stepchild of a 100 Club Hero
  • Have been dependent upon that Hero at the time of LODD
  • Be between 16 and 23 years of age at the time of application
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0

Scholars are eligible for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate assistance.

Graduate Scholars must…

  • Be the biological, adopted or stepchild of a 100 Club Hero
  • Have been dependent upon that hero at the time of LODD
  • Apply immediately after successfully earning an undergraduate degree
  • Apply prior to 30 years of age if seeking 100 Club assistance for the first time
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0

Scholars will remain eligible for up to two consecutive years of graduate assistance.

Spouse Scholars must…

  • Have been legally married to a 100 Club Hero at the time of LODD
  • Have been dependent upon that hero at the time of fatality
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0

Please note there is no age restriction for Spouse Scholars. Spouses will remain eligible for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate and two consecutive years of graduate assistance.

 

Scholar Resources

The Larry J. Vincent Memorial Scholarship

Created by the sons of Chicago Police Officer Larry J. Vincent, this program supports a 100 Club Scholar attending a private institution with four years of membership from a 100 Club alumnus and a financial stipend of up to $2,500 annually for text books. For more information see: LJV Memorial Scholarship

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) – Grant Programs for the dependents of Policeman/Fireman or Correctional Officer

These grants provide payment toward tuition and mandatory fees for spouses and children of Illinois police/fire/correctional officers killed or at least 90 percent disabled in the line of duty. Recipients must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis and may receive up to 8 semesters/12 quarters of payment for undergraduate or graduate study. Scholars must be attending an approved Illinois public and private, two- and four- year colleges, universities, hospital schools, and certain other degree-granting institutions.

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program Educational Assistance Benefits (PSOEA)

The Public Safety Officers’ Education Assistance (PSOEA) Program provides financial assistance, for the purpose of seeking higher education, to the spouses and eligible children of local police, fire, and emergency public safety officers who have been killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Educational assistance through the PSOEA Program is available after the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) death or disability claim process has been completed and benefits have been awarded. The spouse of a public safety officer is eligible to receive PSOEA funds for educational expenses at any time during his or her lifetime. However, for a child of the deceased or disabled officer, eligibility is limited to educational expenses that occur prior to his or her 27th birthday. Also, a spouse or child is eligible to receive PSOEA funds for a period no greater than 45 months of full-time education or a proportionate period of a part-time program.

 

 Questions may be directed to:
Regan Raimondi – Program and Database Coordinator
Phone 312.265.0920 – 312.929.4751 Fax
[email protected]