WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that 42 surviving children and spouses of fallen firefighters, police officers and public employees have been awarded post-secondary educational scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.
Established in 2001 by ICMA-RC and its Board of Directors, the Scholarship Fund honors the lives of the nation's city, county, and state government employees, including firefighters and police officers, who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Since its inception, the Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $825,000 in scholarships to surviving children and spouses who are pursuing a higher education.
"The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Scholarship Fund's Boards of Directors and our generous donors deeply appreciate the sacrifice of public employees who gave their lives for the benefit of their communities," said Joan McCallen, president of the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund and president and CEO of ICMA-RC. "As this year's 42 worthy and hard-working recipients begin the school year, we wish them continued success."
This year's scholarship recipients hail from small towns and big cities in 21 states across the country from Maine to California. Recipients were selected based on various factors including financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership in school and community activities, honors and work experience. Each scholarship recipient is the child or spouse of a local or state government employee who died in the line of duty.
The ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generosity of contributing donors. For more information about how to apply for a scholarship or contribute to the Fund, please visit www.vantagescholar.org.
About the ICMA-RC Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Fund is a Section 501(c)(3) public charity founded by ICMA-RC in 2001. Financial support for the scholarship is provided by individuals, foundations, organizations and ICMA-RC. Further information and the application for future scholarships can be found at www.vantagescholar.org.
Founded in 1972, ICMA-RC is a non-profit independent financial services corporation focused on providing retirement plans and related services for close to a million public sector participant accounts and approximately 9,000 retirement plans. Our mission is to help build retirement security for public employees. We deliver on our mission by focusing on service, quality and value. All of our retirement programs, administrative services and educational tools have been developed specifically for public sector retirement plan administrators and participants. For more information, visit www.icmarc.org. AC: 0911-5082