Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers and more information for frequently asked questions about Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. There is a section both for families, and for those interested in supporting our efforts.

For Families

What is the mission?

To provide college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel who have died in the line of duty. Our goal is to bridge the gap in funding between available sources of grants and scholarships (i.e., VA Chapter 33 or 35, federal, state, local and private grants) and the total cost of college. We hope to ensure that no child covered by our mission has to go out-of-pocket or take on loans to pay for college.

Who do we serve?

Children – whether natural, by marriage or adoption – who have lost a parent in the line of military duty, during combat or peacetime. All branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) and all components (active, reserve and guard) are covered.

What expenses are covered?

Costs related to undergraduate education: tuition, room and board, books, fees, computers and living expenses. Students can be enrolled in either public or private institutions; colleges, universities and vocational schools are covered. We do not cover airfare to and from school, and funding cannot be applied to graduate-level education.

How much does the organization provide to each student?

Provided that students maintain a minimal GPA of a 2.0 (term and cumulative), each student is eligible for up to $6,250 per school year. We aim to bridge the gap in funding between available sources of grants and scholarships (i.e. VA Chapter 33 or 35, federal, state, local and private grants) and the total cost of college. Thus, award amounts are based on individual needs, not to exceed the yearly cap,  and our available funding.

What documentation do I need to provide?

We realize the strain that surviving families endure, so we strive to make our process as simple, user-friendly and flexible as possible. Our staff can handle many of your needs over the phone. Typical documents needed include:

  • The family enrollment which enters you into our system. Enroll here.
  • A copy of the Casualty Report (DD1300)
  • Class schedule
  • Information on your VA benefits
  • Transcript with GPA
  • Documentation of expenses

What is the scholarship award process?

Our scholarship committee is streamlined. Decisions are made throughout the year and in a timely fashion upon receipt of the necessary documents.

How are funds provided?

Preferably by check, paid to the order of the educational institution. Exceptions can be made in situations with reimbursements for expenses paid out-of-pocket or other special circumstances. For payments made to the institution, we will include your name and student account number on the check.

For Supporters

What is the mission?

To provide college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Our goal is to bridge the gap in funding between available sources of grants and scholarships (i.e., VA Chapter 33 or 35, federal, state, local and private grants) and the total cost of college. We hope to ensure that no child covered by our mission has to go out-of-pocket or take on loans to pay for college.

Is my donation tax deductible?

We are an authorized 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 47- 0902295). Consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of your donation.

Can I have more detailed financial information on Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation?

Please click here for our most recent financials.

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