The Pain Behind The Badge Scholarship Fund

The Pain Behind The Badge Scholarship is available to the children of law enforcement officers who have committed suicide and is presented annually.

2011 Scholarship Recipient, (Nevada) Caleb Alexander

2011 Scholarship Recipient,
(Nevada) Caleb Alexander

2010 Scholarship Recipient, (Florida) Chris Wood

2010 Scholarship Recipient,
(Florida) Chris Wood

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a high school located within the 50 United States
  • Applicant must submit at least one letter of acceptance to a college or university.
  • Applicant must contact The Pain Behind The Badge via phone and email prior to submitting application
  • Applications will only be accepted between March 1st and April 30th of each year
  • The deceased parent of applicant must have committed suicide (no Line of Duty Death, accidental death, or sickness) and must have been an active or retired full time police officer,dispatcher, corrections officer,crime scene personnel or  any full time police employee. Proof of death is not required however, proof that the parent was law enforcement (Police Identification, etc) is mandatory. Name, Rank, and Agency of employment is required. This applies to Local, State, and Federal agencies.
  • Applicant must graduate from high school with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must submit a written essay (500 words or less) explaining his/her community service, what motivated / inspired them , and how did the community service benefit the community. Best candidates will have given community service that benefited law enforcement.
  • Applicant should attach any documentation of community service with the application (letters, certificates, etc…)
  • Applicant should provide resume listing academic prizes, awards, hobbies, extracurricular activities and work history.
  • Applicant should include letter from school counselor, teacher, or other outside agency which speaks of applicant’s character.
  • Applicant must have application and essay submitted to The Pain Behind The Badge (post-marked) by April 30th of applicant’s senior year of high school
  • Selection of Scholarship Recipient by the Scholarship Committee is final
  • Recipient of the Scholarship award will be notified in writing by May 29th of that same year
  • Applicant should include two letters of reference (minimum).
  • This scholarship is renewable annually

The letters and references suggested in the above criteria can be used in determining the scholarship recipient however, they are not a requirement. It is possible for an applicant to be awarded a scholarship based nothing more than his/her 500 word essay (which should include how they have overcome life’s hurdles). Total amount of scholarship will vary year to year based on total donations and “The Pain Behind The Badge Wristband” sales. * Completion and submission of application to The Pain Behind The Badge is confirmation that the applicant grants permission to publish any and all essays. Applicants also agree that if they win, they will cooperate in publicity efforts including (but not limited to) participating in interviews, local trade and national press, and submitting or participating in photos for inclusion in magazines, periodicals, newspapers, or any other publications that may help increase awareness of this scholarship program.

Send your submission here: The Pain Behind The Badge Attn: Scholarship 284C East Lake Mead Parkway #273 Henderson, NV. 89015 (702) 573-4263 Or e-mail your submission to:


Q: How old do I have to be?

A: Age is NOT a factor. You must be a graduating senior the year of application.

Q: Can the deadline for submittal be extended?

A: NO – There are no extensions nor grievances. If application is not received by the deadline listed above, you are NOT eligible.

Q: What is the amount of the scholarship?

A: We give a $1,000 scholarship each year.

Q: Does the date of death of the parent of the applicant have to be the same year of application?

A: NO – If your parent was a law enforcement officer (police officer, deputy sheriff, agent, et. al.), active or retired when they committed suicide, you ARE eligible.**Should you have a question that is not answered on this page, please email us with your question and we will answer it promptly for you**

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