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Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship

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

To be considered for the 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 Illinois Tech.

How to apply

Complete and submit an application for regular admission through the Common Application.

Complete the application form and upload the form 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Chicago Police and Fire Scholarship cannot be combined with other Illinois Tech merit scholarships such as Heald, Transfer Tuition, Chicago STAR, PTK, Presidential, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, Duchossois, Camras, Crown, Collens, Leadership Academy etc. 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.