Public Safety Scholarship

Employers in today's public safety workforce are facing a skills gap, and they need trained and qualified workers to fill a variety of positions. The Public Safety Occupational Extension (OE) and Curriculum programs are designed for non-credit and credit students to earn industry-recognized credentials/certifications through an accelerated training schedule and academic credentials through the traditional college schedule. The Public Safety Scholarship Committee will review all scholarship applications.

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants need to submit only ONE application per year to be considered for a scholarship.
  • All scholarships are competitive; based on a variety of scholarship criteria established by the Public Safety Scholarship and Scholarship Committees. (The criteria may vary based upon changes in the workforce needs, alterations in Federal Guidelines, etc.)
  • Public Safety Scholarship Committee will only consider an applicant who either has registered for an approved course or is willing to register for an approved course immediately upon award.
  • The applicant must meet the eligibility requirements for training program of choice.


To be considered for this scholarship program, an individual must be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident in addition to one or more of the following:

  • Be in at least one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed and underemployed adults, members of the N.C. National Guard, or military veterans and spouses.
  • Be enrolled in a Non-Credit/OE Public Safety Short-Term Training program (96 hours or more) – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Fire Academy.
  • Be enrolled in the Curriculum Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), Criminal Justice Technology, Emergency Medical Science (EMS), Emergency Medical Science (EMS) Bridging, or Fire Protection Technology Programs of study. Curriculum students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.