FBIAA Memorial College Fund
Helping the Children of Deceased FBI Agents Achieve their College Dreams
The FBIAA Memorial College Fund (MCF) was founded in 1985 in memory of FBI Special Agents Ernest Burchette, Robert Conners, Charles Ellington, Terry Hereford, and Michael Lynch, who lost their lives in two separate incidents in 1982.
Available to Children and Spouses
The FBIAA MCF provides college scholarships to the children and spouses of FBI Agents who have passed away while actively employed by the FBI or within one year of retiring from active service. The cause of death of these agents can be line of duty including those deaths from 9/11 certified illnesses, an accident, illness, or natural causes. The FBIAA MCF currently pays 75% of the student’s college tuition and expenses, including room, board, books and a one-time laptop allowance. Students attend the college of their choice and remain eligible as long as they maintain full-time status and continue in good standing.
As of June 2021, there were 80 children of FBI Agents who will be eligible for the FBIAA MCF, but not yet of college age. There are 12 children of 9/11 deceased agents who have not participated in the FBIAA MCF to date but are eligible should they decide to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Since inception, the FBIAA Memorial College Fund has distributed over $11 million in college tuition and expenses to more than 275 children of FBI Agents.
In the 2021-2022 school year, the FBIAA MCF provided funds for 39 students in 19 different states and 34 different colleges.