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Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship

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In honor of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments' dedicated leadership and service to the city of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is offering $20,000 annual scholarships to the children and grandchildren of members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department.

"This scholarship program will provide the families of our city's dedicated police and fire professionals increased opportunities to pursue a world-class education at IIT," said IIT Vice Provost Student Access, Success and Diversity Initiatives Gerald P. Doyle. "We consider it a privilege to be able to give something back to those who risk their lives each day to protect the citizens of Chicago."

To be considered for a $20,000 scholarship, candidates must qualify for undergraduate admission to Illinois Institute of Technology as either a first-year or transfer student and be:

  • Children/grandchildren of a currently active, sworn member of either department, or former officer, firefighter or paramedic from either department in good standing
  • Children of a fallen officer, firefighter, or paramedic*

Recipients of the scholarship must complete a certification form and have it authorized by the designated official from the Chicago Police or Fire Department.

An eligible student is guaranteed a four-year (or five-year, for the College of Architecture) scholarship in the annual amount of $20,000 provided he or she is enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at IIT.

*Where parents have lost their lives in service to the City of Chicago, IIT will provide additional financial assistance to children beyond the $20,000 scholarship.

How to apply

Complete an IIT application for admission:

First Year Applicants

Transfer Applicants

Download the Chicago Police and Fire application here.

For more information, please contact Office of Undergraduate Admission at

Special Note: Illinois Institute of Technology recognizes the contributions of police and fire professionals who live in Cook Country and acknowledges that many departments outside of the City of Chicago collaborate with city departments as necessary. Therefore, we are pleased to invite police officers, fire fighters and paramedics from Cook County to apply for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments Tuition Scholarship. IIT will review and make these awards on a case-by-case basis.

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Institute of Technology merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but will not combine multiple awards. For instance, the Police and Fire Scholarship may not be combined with a previously awarded Camras, Collens, University, Heald, Transfer or International Scholarship.