Education & Scholarships
The DEA lists educational and scholarship opportunities for both DEA members and their children. For further information, you may also wish to visit the following links —
Police Graduate Studies at Seton Hall University
Police Graduate Studies Program
M.A. in Human Resources Training and Development
Seton Hall University offers a Master’s Degree Program in Human Resources Training and Development (HRTD) in two models: on-line and off-campus. The on-line program makes it convenient to earn a graduate degree without the weekly travel or interference with work schedules. This 24-month, 36-credit hour program is offered exclusively in learning teams with no residency required. The off-campus program meets on weekends at the GWB, Fort Lee, NJ. It follows the same requirements, i.e. 36 credits, two year track on the average. The faculty is composed of mostly retired NYPD and other law enforcement personnel with earned graduate and doctoral degrees. Active MOS receive a 50% discount on tuition. For those members with MAs, we now offer an off-campus Ed.S. Education Specialist post-graduate/pre-doctoral degree also at the GWB. Please contact Professor Sean McGee at (973) 761-9389, and/or Dr. Dom Varricchio at email@example.com.
Visit their website at —
DEA Jack Healy Memorial Scholarships
The DEA proudly conducts an Annual College Scholarship for the sons and daughters of active and retired NYPD Detectives in good standing. The DEA’s Scholarships are given in the name of the union’s former Vice President, the late Jack Healy.
In 2017, the DEA awarded ten scholarships of $5,000 each. Checks are sent directly to the schools to be credited to each winning student’s account. Look for the 2018 application in the spring. Winners will be selected in a random drawing conducted at a DEA Fall venue (to be determined) in 2018.
To qualify for a Scholarship, applicants must be —
The daughter or son of an active or retired member of the DEA;
Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at a college or university for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) semester;
The Student Verification for children ages 19 – 23 for the Fall or Winter must be attached to an official application; NO bills or school schedules are accepted;
Acceptance letter from school for children ages 17 – 18 must be on school letterhead;
DEA retiree dues must be up-to-date;
Children of DA Investigators are not eligible (unless the member is also a retired NYPD Detective).
Check the DEA website in spring of 2018 for the latest application form.
9/11 Scholarships Available
The attached pdf file contains some basic information on an assortment of college and university scholarships for the sons and daughters of First Responders. You can contact the school or organization directly for updated information, current deadlines, and application forms. This is by no means a complete list of opportunities and you should conduct additional Internet searches for more scholarships, grants, and awards.
NYPD Police Scholarship Leadership Program at John Jay College
The NYPD Police Scholarship Leadership Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a scholarship designed for undergraduate and graduate non-degree students interested in earning a degree. All active NYPD UMOS police officers and supervisors are eligible.
Undergraduate students may transfer up to 68 credits from a community college and up to 90 credits from a senior college. Undergraduate students can save up to $10,000 in tuition and fees by —
Enrolling in the NYPD Leadership Program and receiving up to $4,000 in scholarship awards that covers tuition, technology fees, and textbook costs for four courses (12 credits total).
Receiving up to 30 college credits for basic academy training (equivalent to two full-time semesters). Note: Students may not exceed go transfer credits from all sources.
Graduate non-degree students receive up to $5,500 in scholarship awards that covers tuition, technology fees and textbook costs for four courses (12 credits total).
Students completing the program receive a Certificate of Completion.
Apply credits earned in the Leadership Program toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at John Jay College.
To learn more about the program, please visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/nypd
Jeanette Tavarez, NYPD/In-service Admissions Coordinator
Earn Your Degree at St. John’s University, Staten Island
Earn Your Degree at St. John’s University, Staten Island!
This program is designed for nontraditional students, including those who have been in the workforce full time for at least four years, veterans, active duty service members, and parents with schedules that make attending school full time a challenge.
$560 per undergraduate college credit.
A 56% discount from our traditional undergraduate tuition of $1,262 per credit – only for students attending classes on the Staten Island campus and does not apply to students attending classes on any of the other campuses, including those classes taken during a study abroad experience. The above-stated tuition rate cannot be combined with ANY other University-based aid program, including the Law Enforcement Grant.
B.S. in Criminal Justice or Homeland Security
Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs Available
Receive 24 college credits for successfully completing training with New York City and New Jersey police and corrections departments, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York State police academies, and federal law enforcement.
Choose from on-campus and online classes during the day, evening, and weekend.
Specialize in areas such as forensic psychology, computer science, correctional counseling, fire and arson investigations, and criminalistics.
Meet seasoned experts in the criminal justice field and receive personalized academic advisement.
Apply now — To get started, you will need the following:
Application for Admission — application fee is waived.
Contact Us —
Office of Adult and Veteran Services
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Marist College's Master of Public Administration Program
The Master in Public Administration (MPA) program at Marist College prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values to be professionally competent and ethical leaders of a diverse work force in public and nonprofit organizations. This program is ideal for emerging leaders within the NYPD, while also offering flexibility of growth should you choose to pursue a secondary career in the future. MPA students have two exciting formats to choose from: The hybrid cohort approach is offered at the New York City Police Academy, where students attend class just one night a week, or students have the option of pursuing the program one hundred percent (100%) on-line. Whichever format students choose, the degree can be completed part-time in two-and-a-half (2 ½) years. Academic Requirements for the MPA are as follows:
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
A GPA of 3.0 or higher is optimal.
If your GPA is less than 3.0, please contact Marist advisors for possible options to waive the GRE.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
The program is open to all active and retired sworn Officers, and active civilian employees of the service in good standing with the Department. Qualifying students must be 22 years of age or older and applying through Graduate Admission. For more information about the MPA, or our additional graduate offerings, please contact Van Riley or Brian Scott by phone at (888) 877-7900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.marist.edu/admission/graduate/
Monroe College Online Offering a 50% Tuition Reduction to Active and Retired DEA Members
Monroe College in New York has a number of focused majors offered online and they are offering a 50% tuition reduction to active and retired DEA members.
In addition to providing a tuition break, Monroe also offers a number of ways to earn credit, including life experience, classes taken at law enforcement academies, and credit earned at prior institutions.
Please see fliers for additional information about Monroe’s Law Enforcement Grant, or visit their website at –
If you have any questions, you can reach the Monroe College contact Pamela DellaPorta at –
or call 646-393-8731
Mercy College Tuition Discount for Law Enforcement
Mercy College offers police a unique opportunity to earn an undergraduate and/or graduate degree with a tuition discount of 15% to all qualified police officers, a savings that will help MOS afford a quality private college education while pursuing professional and personal goals.
Additionally, Mercy provides the convenience of campuses located in Manhattan, The Bronx, White Plains, Yorktown Heights, and the main campus at Dobbs Ferry.
Students also are eligible to take numerous online classes from the comfort of home or office. As a special consideration to police officers, Mercy College will even come to you! With a group of 20 students or more, the school will provide courses on location at your office or precinct.
This special educational opportunity is uniquely designed to accommodate the demanding and fluctuating schedule of police officers and begins with providing each officer a personal academic advisor to help ease the application process, as well as ensure that career and academic goals are met.
Mercy College offers over 90 programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts, blending keen academic minds and professional experts to ensure all professors are the best in their fields.
Mercy College offers the chance for students to pursue a high-quality education on their own terms—weekdays, evenings, weekends, or online.
Mercy College provides students with the educational experience needed to be successful during their police careers and for planning a rewarding post-career. We encourage all officers to contact Mercy College and experience the personal touch Mercy College will offer you. For more information visit us online at www.mercy.edu
Or call 1-877-MERCY-GO.
St. John’s University Opportunities for Children of Police
St. John’s University has college scholarships available, including the Child of a Police Officer Service Award, the Child of a Firefighter Service Award, and the Child of Military Service-Members Award, as well as the Catholic High School Scholarship, Legacy Award, and College Advantage Award. For the criteria for these and other opportunities, visit their website at www.stjohns.edu/scholarships
With Arms Wide Open Det. Steven McDonald Memorial
In the spirit of all that Detective Steven McDonald stood for, NYPD With Arms Wide Open has established a scholarship award for students within the NYPD community who are living with special needs or those who are the family members of an individual with special needs.
Applicant must have a family member within the NYPD and be a graduating high school senior, with good academic and disciplinary standing who meet one or more of the following criteria:
1.) Is a student of the special needs community*
2.) Is the sibling of an individual with special needs*
* Special needs must be a documented physical, developmental, or learning disability.
All completed applications must be received by Thursday, March 1, 2018.
The mission of NYPD With Arms Wide Open is to provide a forum where Police Officers of all ranks, and their families, can attend meetings and discuss issues surrounding being the parents, guardians, and/or caretakers of a child with special needs. Often times, families with special needs children feel isolated and are in need of an organization that addresses their very specific needs and issues. NYPD With Arms Wide Open helps these families care for their children while navigating through the culture, complexities, and dangers of being a member of the New York City Police Department.
As an Officer with the NYPD, Steven McDonald was questioning three young men in Central Park one summer day in 1986 when one of them shot him three times, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, and dependent on a breathing apparatus. After a long recovery and rehabilitation, Detective McDonald spoke to thousands of students in schools up and down the East Coast. Aside from recounting the harrowing events of the day that changed his life, McDonald focused on his remarkable journey and the power of perseverance and forgiveness.
Visit the With Arms Wide Open website for a full application form and instructions on submitting.