100 Club OF Illinois Scholar Portal

Welcome to the Scholar Portal! We are excited to offer you exclusive access to all things academics. Here you will find details related to the 100 Club’s Educational Assistance program including application details, resources, and upcoming events. If you find yourself with any questions about the details or resources listed below, email Kaira Zaremba at kzaremba@100ClubIL.org.

Applying for Educational assistance

Below you will find a list of required actions to complete your scholarship application. Our next tuition cycle is now open for Spring 2024 attendees. Remember, that you will need to apply for FAFSA, ISAC, and PSOEA funding first, prior to applying for 100 Club Educational Assistance. Our Educational Assistance Program has been established to help offset the costs of tuition for our scholars. If eligible for assistance, we will guarantee payment of the outstanding balance of your tuition statement along with mandatory fees after all other earned scholarships and grants are applied, and will assess other fees as needed. For questions, please reach out to Kaira Zaremba (kzaremba@100clubil.org)

  • Educational Assistance Application: completed annually by scholar
  • Goals Worksheet and Assessment: completed twice each semester (once in the beginning and once in the end) to assist with educational and career goal planning
  • Financial Aid Form: to be completed and verified by your university’s financial aid office and returned to the 100 Club via e-mail
  • Transcripts: to be emailed to Kaira or attached in application.
    • Please note: scholars applying for the 100 Club Educational Assistance Grant for the first time are not required to supply transcripts.
    • All other scholars must provide an unofficial transcript from the previous term each semester. A GPA of 2.0 or greater must be maintained per semester and cumulatively to remain eligible for this grant.
  • Tuition Bill: emailed to Kaira or attached in application to reflect your current balance and funding need
  • Additional Materials: emailed to Kaira or attached in application- include any receipts for books and other educational or living expenses you would like to be considered for reimbursements. Allocation for these funds will be made at the discretion of the 100 Club determinant on other funding requests.


This form will need to be completed each application by your financial aid office. Please send them this Financial Aid Form and have the office return to you or directly to Kaira Zaremba kzaremba@100clubil.org.

This form will need to be completed at the beginning of each semester. We want our scholars to exceed and excel in their studies! By setting goals and sharing them with us, we can help and support you to stay on track.

This form will need to be completed at the end of each semester. We want to check-in and see if you were able to accomplish the goals you set out for yourself at the beginning of the semester and what improvements or changes you may need to make for future semesters.


If you are the spouse or child of an Illinois police or fire officer who was killed or became at least 90 percent disabled in the line of duty, you may be eligible for the Grant Program for Dependents of Police or Fire Officers. This grant provides assistance toward college tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate or graduate study at an ISAC-approved Illinois college. You may receive assistance for a maximum of the equivalent of four academic years (eight semesters or 12 quarters) of full-time enrollment. You do not need to be an Illinois resident at the time of enrollment to receive this grant.


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. A PSOB specialist works with each PSOEA applicant to confirm that the parent’s or spouse’s disability or death claim has previously been approved by the PSOB Office and that, in cases regarding an officer’s death, the applicant has received at least a portion of the PSOB benefits. .

Eligibility Requirements

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 each term and cumulatively

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
  • Be enrolled in an officially accredited institution as a full-time student
  • Maintain a GPA of or above 2.0 each term and cumulatively

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 each term and cumulatively

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.

Partner List

The 100 Club of Illinois University Partners provide up to two full scholarships for our 100 Club Scholars each year. University Partners provide more than $500,000 of assistance to 100 Club Scholars obtaining their higher education goals. We thank them for their support of our Educational Assistance Program.

  • Benedictine University
  • College of Lake County
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Drake University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana Tech University
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Judson University
  • Kent College of Law
  • Lewis University
  • Loras College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Roosevelt University
  • St. Xavier University
  • UAB School of Health Professions
  • University of Illinois – Champaign
  • University of Illinois –  Springfield
  • Valparaiso University

Scholar Funding Sources

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 textbooks. 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.

Apply for ISAC Funds

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

The Public Safety Officers’ Education Assistance (PSOEA) Program provides financial assistance, to seek 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 before 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.

Concerns of Police Survivors Scholarships (C.O.P.S.)

C.O.P.S. scholarships provide financial assistance to surviving children and to surviving spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, according to C.O.P.S. scholarship criteria, who wish to pursue a course of study beyond high school. (types of higher education include students enrolled in under-graduate and post-graduate studies at an accredited college or university, or enrolled at an accredited trade/vocational school.)

Apply for C.O.P.S. Scholarship


First Responders Children’s Foundation provides scholarships for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need, academic merit, and achievements such as demonstrated leadership, excellence in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. Scholarships may be renewed annually for up to four years depending on the availability of funds, the applicant’s financial need, and the recipient’s academic record. Priority is generally given to students whose parent has suffered a line of duty disability or line of duty death and demonstrate the greatest financial need, though all eligible children of first responders are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are remitted directly to the student’s school, and as such, can only be applied to the tuition and room and board bills. In the event that there is no balance towards which to apply the scholarship, the funds will be returned to the Foundation. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit their website.


The 9/11 Promise Run provides scholarships to qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment. Scholarship amounts range from a minimum award of $5,000 to a max award of $15,000. Applications from qualified individuals will be accepted beginning November 1 each year and will be awarded in the following spring. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight March 15th. Scholarship decisions will be announced no later than May 1st.

Review Eligibility and Apply Now!


THe silver shield foundation

The Silver Shield Foundation is committed to helping the children of fallen police officers and firefighters/EMS achieve their educational dreams. They provide tuition assistance, tutoring services, college preparatory services and spousal educational assistance. Visit their website to learn more.


Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Scholarship Program

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (Public Charity) has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to enroll in a part-time or full-time firefighter, law enforcement, or emergency medical (paramedic or EMT) program at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming Fall academic year.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin. Review their website for the application window and eligibility requirements.



The NAEMT Foundation works to strengthen and build a better future for EMS through funding EMS education and research. One of the challenges facing EMS today is recruitment and retention of EMS practitioners. In an effort to address this challenge, the NAEMT Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities to individuals interested in pursuing a career in EMS. Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 (closes at midnight EST), and scholarships are awarded in June. Amount of Award: up to $1,000, based on the cost of the EMS program and one-year NAEMT student membership.


THe national fallen firefighters Foundation

The Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter’s death. To learn more about the application programs, visit their website.


OPEration thank an officer

Operation Thank an Officer currently offers three different scholarship opportunities listed below. Operation Thank an Officer independently judges each scholarship application and scores according to scoring guidelines. Criteria used for scoring includes: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and quality of essay.

Operation Thank an Officer Scholarship

Darius Quimby Memorial Scholarship

Law Enforcement Scholarship

View eligibility requirements and application.



FLEOA Foundation

The FLEOA Foundation Scholastic Awards Program is open to interested eligible applicants. Listed below are the eligibility rules, requirements, and directions for the FLEOA Foundation Scholastic Awards Program.

Eligibility: High School graduates, who are the children of current/regular, retired or deceased members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) may apply. Note, an applicant’s parent must be a current FLEOA member, and have been an active FLEOA member for a minimum of 2 years. This requirement does not apply to the children of FLEOA members who died in the line of duty.

Visit their website for more information and deadlines.


To honor local firefighters’ and police officers’ service to the University community and the City, the University of Chicago announces its annual Police and Fire Scholarship program. To be considered for this full-tuition scholarship, candidates must be high school seniors who qualify for admission to the University of Chicago and be children (or the legally adopted children) of currently active, sworn Chicago Firefighters, Chicago Police Officers, or University of Chicago Police Officers who will remain active for the duration of their children’s college careers. Students whose parent lost his or her life in the line of duty are also eligible to apply. Each winner is guaranteed full tuition for four years of undergraduate studies (12 academic quarters), provided he or she makes satisfactory academic progress and remains enrolled full-time in the College. Additional financial aid is also available for families who apply and qualify for need-based aid. 


OUT to protect law enforcement scholarship

The John Reinert Scholarship award is for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender and who are pursuing a career in law enforcement by attending a basic law enforcement training program.  This could be a basic police academy, sheriff’s academy, corrections academy, or 9-1-1 dispatcher academy.  We believe that one of the best ways of eliminating homophobia in law enforcement is by having positive and visible role models from the LGBT community serving in ranks of the law enforcement profession.  We also recognize the courage required to “come out” and to be “out” on the job as a law enforcement professional.  Our scholarships reward those individuals who have the courage and willingness to be visible role models in law enforcement. Scholarship awards are $1000 and are typically announced in June and December of each year. 


Illinois Sheriff's Association

In 1979, the ISA established a scholarship program for college-bound students. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications.

Each Illinois county that participates in the ISA membership program awards at least one $500 scholarship each school year. The scholarship program is open to Illinois students attending an Illinois higher learning institution. Visit their website to learn more and download the application.


FBIAA Memorial College Fund

The FBIAA MCF provides college scholarships to the children and spouses of FBI Agents who have passed away while actively employed by the FBI or within one year of retiring from active service. The cause of death of these agents can be line of duty including those deaths from 9/11 certified illnesses, an accident, illness, or natural causes. The FBIAA MCF currently pays 75% of the student’s college tuition and expenses, including room, board, books and a one-time laptop allowance. Students attend the college of their choice and remain eligible as long as they maintain full-time status and continue in good standing. For more information, visit their website.


Illinois Fire Chiefs Association

Eligibilty Requirements:
  • Applicant must be an active member of a recognized Fire Department/District in the State of Illinois.
  • Applicant must attend an educational institution recognized by the State of Illinois, appropriate for the field of study. Scholarships will not be offered for the Chief Fire Officer certification.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all scholarships are awarded for Fire Service related programs, i.e., Fire Science, Fire Service Management, Public Administration, Fire Officer Certification, State Fire Training,  EMT, Paramedic etc.
  • All monies awarded must be used for the program and educational institution indicated on the application. Any change must be requested in writing to the scholarship committee.  Monies may not be used for courses completed prior to the May 1 award date.

Any questions can be directed to the IFCA Office at 847.966.0732 or by email info@illinoisfirechiefs.org or visit their website for more information and to apply.


Correctional Peace Officers Association

Qualifying Criteria and Eligibility:

Scholarships are offered to “qualifying persons” and related children, stepchildren, grandchildren and spouses. A qualifying person is someone who is an active member of CPOF for 12+ consecutive months before applying, and is actively working or retired from the Corrections profession. Applicants must: Be a U.S citizen or legal non-citizen, be a full-time student, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have financial need. They must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college, or training college or certification program.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society

Eligibility criteria:

  • Dependent (Son or Daughter) of a Line of Duty Death member of the Chicago Fire Department

  • Currently enrolled in school: 1st Grade – College

  • Completed Application

  • Report Card or Transcript from the last Quarter or Semester

For more information and to apply, click here.



Folds of Honor scholarships are available to spouses and children of fallen or disabled first responders.

Eligibility Requirements

For more information about the Folds of Honor Scholarship, visit their website.

Other 100 Club Scholar Resources

Laptops for 100 Club Scholars:

Thanks to a donation from Northwestern Mutual, the 100 Club is now able to offer gently-used laptops to scholars for free! There is a limited supply so if you are in need of a laptop, please contact us.

Resume Review:

Applying to a job or internship and your resume needs a second look? Send your resume to the 100 Club and we will connect you with a professional in your field that can review your resume and offer tips!

Buddy & Mentorship Programs:

If you are applying for a full year (Fall through Spring) you can select in the application to join the Buddy Program. During the Fall term, you will get paired with another scholar with either similar academic interests, at the same campus, or same grade level to be able to lean on one another for support, grow a friendship, or ask questions.

We also offer mentorship opportunities with professionals in a related field so you can connect about any questions, shadowing opportunities, and other future career supports. Please contact us to get connected with a mentor!

Job & Intership Opportunities:

If you are looking for a job or internship in a specific field, let us know and we will connect you with a professional contact in that area of work.

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