Educational Assistance for Youth

The CIA family does not forget its fallen colleagues and proudly looks after those they leave behind. Thanks to the generosity of people just like you, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation continues to expand its program of educational assistance to a broader range of deserving CIA families.

For the academic year 2017-2018, the Foundation awarded scholarships and other educational support, totaling $1,016,106 for 43 family members of deceased CIA officers to colleges and universities around the country. This amount now includes Master’s Degree programs for a select number of graduate students.

The Foundation provides educational support to the following categories of surviving CIA family members:

  • The children and spouses of CIA officers and contractors of the CIA who were killed in the line of duty in hostile operational environments around the world and who are honored on the Wall of Stars at CIA Headquarters. These children and spouses are known as Memorial Star Students.
  • The children and spouses of CIA officers who died while on active duty from accident, illness or other causes; and the children and spouses of CIA officers who died within two years of a medical disability retirement, as a result of a fatal illness incurred while on active duty. These students are considered Financial Need Students.

The Foundation scholarships include funds for students attending college, either full-time or part-time. Students who attend full-time are also eligible for the costs of dorms or apartments if living off campus, meal plans or groceries, and books.

Do you know an individual who may be eligible for a scholarship from our organization?

Please contact us at  if you or a family member wish to know more about the application process and would like to have an application sent to you.