Scholarship FAQs

The following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions we receive about the Foundation's Scholarship Program.

Can anyone apply to this program? No, to apply for a Foundation Scholarship, a student must be either a child or grandchild of a current member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. This includes deceased Society members who held active Society membership at the time of death. Children of graduates of the FBI National Academy with active membership status in the FBI National Academy Associates may apply for the George A. Zeiss Memorial Scholarship. Students must meet all eligibility and GPA requirements as outlined in the Scholarship Application Instructions.

How are the scholarship recipients selected?
The Foundation Board of Trustees reviews and evaluates all qualified applications. Based on their evaluation, an average weighted score is determined in three primary areas: Academic GPA 10%, Leadership 70%, and Essay 20%. The leadership score takes into account the student’s involvement in school, community and/or employment. A separate score is determined for Financial Need that takes into account family size, adjusted gross income, the number of children in college and other circumstances that financially impact the student.

How much are your scholarships worth? The scholarship amounts vary based on funds available in accordance with a budget approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees and Society Board of Directors. Based on the type of scholarship, the amount can be from $1,000 to $5,000.

How do I get my sponsor's Society Membership number? Have your sponsor call the Society Office at 703-445-0026 for assistance.

What can I use the scholarship funds for? Our awards are a qualified scholarship as defined in IRS Publication 970. It is the recipient’s responsibility to manage scholarship funds in accordance with IRS guidelines. (See IRS Publication 970.)

Do the funds I receive have to be split between semesters? No, the Foundation does not require scholarship funds to be split between semesters. If you only have one semester left and you receive a $1,000 scholarship, the entire amount can be applied to that one semester.

Can I only apply one time? Once you have received a scholarship from the Foundation, you are not eligible to apply to the program again. If you previously applied but did not receive a scholarship, then you may continue to apply as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

Will I hear from you if I do not receive a scholarship? Yes, all applicants are notified by email of the final award determinations.

If I am applying for a Financial Need Scholarship and a Leadership Scholarship, are two applications required? No, only one application form is required, you will have the opportunity to select multiple scholarship categories in the submission portal.

When will I be notified? Awards are determined by the Foundation's Board of Trustee at their Spring meeting. All applicants are notified by email by May 31st and will also receive a formal notification letter in June.

Will you let me know if I have missed something? No, students are responsible for making a complete and accurate submission. Omissions of vital portions will disqualify you. If answers to questions are incomplete it may reduce your score. It’s important to thoroughly read and follow the application instructions and make certain you have completed all requirements.

Can a graduate student apply for your scholarships? No, our scholarships are for students pursuing a 4-year undergraduate college degree at an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university in the U.S.

Are there any scholarships available for skilled trades programs? The Foundation offers a Skilled Trade Grant that is available for children and grandchildren of Society members. Information can be found by CLICKING HERE

Can my child apply for a scholarship if I am an Associate Member of the Society? Yes, children and grandchildren of Regular, Associate and Legacy Partner members may apply to the program.

What if I cannot provide the IRS tax forms required for both parents, if I am applying for Financial Need? If your parents are divorced or separated and you are applying for a Financial Need Scholarship, a copy of the IRS 1040 tax form (pages 1 and 2) is required for each parent. If this is not possible, then provide a written explanation as to why the form(s) cannot be provided. 

 For additional information contact: Lysa Price, Foundation Administrator, at 703-291-3736 or Email:

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