How to Apply

Who is Eligible?

  • Children and spouses of local and state government employees who have died in the line of duty may apply for the ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • The applicant must provide a letter from the deceased employee's place of work.
  • The applicant must currently attend or plan to attend school full-time at an accredited two-year community college, four-year accredited university, or vocational school at the time of application.
  • Study can be at the undergraduate, graduate, or technical level.
  • Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applications are accepted annually from December 15 – March 15. They must be mailed to Scholarship America at the address below, along with a current complete official transcript postmarked no later than March 15 of each year. Online transcripts and grade reports are not accepted.

ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
St. Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: (202) 962-8067

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information, including one letter of recommendation and an official letter from the deceased employee’s place of work, certifying that the employee died in the line of duty. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied and applicants are encouraged to answer all questions as thoroughly as possible.

Scholarship recipients are also selected based on academic record, demonstration of leadership, participation in school and community activities, academic honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and financial need.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Applicants may reapply to the program each year that they meet eligibility requirements. Payments are made in equal installments on Aug. 15 and Dec. 30. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school on the student’s behalf. Individuals may reapply for the scholarship, but may only receive a maximum of $10,000 over their academic career.

For additional information or questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Aprile Pritchet at or (202) 962-8067.