Survivors of the Shield (SOS) offers financial assistance for higher education (undergraduate, graduate,
vocational or technical school) to widows/widowers and children of officers who died in the Line of
Duty and who are full members of SOS. Scholarships are based on the funds available and the
number of applications we receive for any given year. Applications are accepted from May 1st through
August 1st and will be awarded by the end of August. Scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of
You must apply for all other scholarships prior to applying for the SOS scholarship. The application
must be complete with an N/A answer for any questions that do not apply. If you are eligible for
money from another organization and do not list this on the application you may not be considered for
the SOS scholarship. If you need assistance with any of the scholarships, please view the booklet
from Family Assistance or email us and we will try and get you the answers.
Anyone attending a New York State public college should be receiving 100% of their tuition and room
and board if living on campus. Anyone attending a private NYS College will receive the equivalent of
the public college tuition towards the private college tuition. This is through the NYS Memorial
Scholarship (HESC) and is paid directly to the college.
The online application has not been working please e-mail the following information to us @
Subject line: SOS Scholarship Application
Date of birth
Contact Phone number
Your relationship to the officer
Name of School Attending
Which state your school is in
What degree are you pursuing? Targeted graduation date
Did you apply for the following other scholarships Honor Legion, NYS Memorial, PSOB, Families of Freedom, NYS WTC Memorial scholarship, Silver Shields Scholarship, DEA Scholarship, DEA Scholarship, Other Scholarships
If we have questions we will contact you by email.
For more information on Scholarships that maybe available to you contact the NYPD Family assistance center.
Survivors of the Shield • Church Street Station • PO Box 436 • New York • NY • 10008-0436