Established by donors to honor all first responders who put their lives at risk to protect the lives people of our community, this scholarship supports first responders or the children, step-children, spouse or other living dependent of first responders who have served for at least one year with a fire, police or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties. “First responder” includes men or women who currently serve (for at least one year) or have retired from service as a volunteer or professional member of a police department, fire department or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties; or men or women who have lost their lives in the line of duty as a volunteer or professional with a fire, police or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties.

Average award: $1,000

Criteria for eligibility

  • Applicants must be first responders or the children, step-children, spouse or other living dependent of first responders who have served for at least one year with a fire, police or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties. “First responder” includes men or women who currently serve (for at least one year) or have retired from service as a volunteer or professional member of a police department, fire department or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties; or men or women who have lost their lives in the line of duty as a volunteer or professional with a fire, police or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties.

Application process and schedule

  • Applications can be completed online beginning mid-January. Each applicant will only complete one application and the online system will automatically pair you with scholarships for which you are eligible. The deadline for all applications to be submitted, including letters of recommendation, is mid-March. All applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by early July. Specific deadlines can be found on our scholarship portal each year, which can be accessed through the “Apply” button on our Scholarships for Graduate & Non-traditional Students page.

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