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 Credit/Curriculum and Non-Credit/ConEd programs are designed for students to earn academic credentials through the traditional college schedule and industry-recognized credentials/certifications through an accelerated training schedule.

The Public Safety Scholarship Committee will review all scholarship applications.

Application Guidelines

  • Credit/Curriculum:
    • Applicants may submit only ONE application per school year for scholarship consideration.
    • Applications are accepted January 1-May 1.
    • Scholarships are awarded in July to be used for the coming school year.
  • Non-Credit/ConEd:
    • Applicants may submit only ONE application per semester for scholarship consideration.
    • Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
    • Scholarships are awarded to be used for the next semester.
    • Deadlines to submit scholarship applications:
      • June 1: Fall semester (August-December)
      • November 1: Spring semester (January-May)
      • April 1: Summer semester (June-August)
  • All scholarships are competitive; based on a variety of scholarship criteria established by the Public Safety Scholarship Committee. (The criteria may vary based upon changes in the workforce needs, alterations in federal guidelines, etc.)
  • The 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 the training program of choice.


For scholarship consideration, an individual must be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident, in addition to one or more of the following:

  • In at least one of the following target groups:
    • Unemployment insurance claimants
    • Unemployed and underemployed adults
    • Members of the N.C. National Guard
    • Military veterans and spouses
  • Enrolled in a Credit/Curriculum program:
    • Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
    • Criminal Justice Technology
    • Emergency Medical Science (EMS)
    • Emergency Medical Science (EMS) Bridging
    • Fire Protection Technology
  • Enrolled in a Non-Credit/ConEd Public Safety Short-Term Training program (96 hours or more):
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Fire Academy

Students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs are given preference.