Memorial Scholarship Fund

About the Memorial Scholarship Fund

We're proud to support fallen public service employees and their families through the MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is administered through our partners: Scholarship America, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and Concerns of Police Survivors.

Created following the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire in 1999, the Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the everyday heroes and their families risking their lives to serve others. Six firefighters lost their lives in the Cold Storage fire, prompting new protocol to prevent firefighters from getting lost in burning buildings and reminding us of the daily sacrifices public service employees make for our local communities.

The Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded post-secondary education scholarships to surviving children and spouses of local and state government employees who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. Today, the fund also honors fallen employees in the education, health care, and not-for-profit sectors.

Since 2001, MissionSquare has awarded over 600 scholarships totaling $1.6 million.*

* As of June 2023

Application Deadline

The 2023 application is closed. Please check back for the 2024 application deadline.


  • Children and spouses of an employee who died in the line of duty while working in the fields of education, health care, not-for-profit, public safety, or local or state government are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must currently attend or be planning to attend a two-year accredited community college, four-year accredited college or university, or vocational school full-time. Studies can be at an undergraduate, graduate, or vocational level.

How to Apply to the Memorial Scholarship Fund

Each partner has its own application process. Please visit the application site to learn more.

Scholarship America

Scholarship America

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Concerns of Police Survivors

Concerns of Police Survivors

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