ICE Foundation Announces College Scholarship Availability for Children of ICE Employees

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Legacy Scholarships, a Key Element of Foundation’s Support Mission

The ICE Foundation, established in 2009 to support the men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is now taking applications online at from eligible family members for the ICE Legacy Scholarship Program implemented to assist children of ICE employees seeking post-high school educational opportunities.

“We often hear about the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in law enforcement, but the real sacrifices are often made by the children who have to deal with a parent being on call 24/7, working long hours and missing birthdays and holidays,” said James Dinkins, former Executive Associate Director of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations. “I applaud the ICE Foundation for these scholarships that reward the real heroes of law enforcement and thank the many benefactors who have helped turn this program from concept into reality.”

“The ICE Foundation is very proud and honored to take this first step in establishing an ongoing scholarship program for children of ICE employees,” said John Clark, ICE Foundation Chairperson of the Board of Directors. “This program was put in place to support the hard working ICE employees and their families and we believe alleviating some of the ever increasing financial burden that these dedicated civil servants face as they look to send their children to college is a very worthy cause.”,

“Education is an enduring award that not only benefits its recipients but shapes the future of our society,” said James Barchiesi, Executive Director of the ICE Foundation. “Thanks to our generous benefactors, we are able to offer this educational opportunity to the children of the ICE family and our intention is to grow our scholarship offerings as our foundation grows.”

Scholarship awards will be in the amount of $2,500 each. Eligibility criteria mandates that applicants are a high school senior and dependent child of a full time ICE employee with a minimum of five years of employment with the Agency. Applicants must also plan to enroll in full time undergraduate study at an accredited two or four-year college, and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

The ICE Foundation is a not-for profit organization created to honor and support the contributions of the more than 20,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency employees stationed in over 400 offices in the US and 46 foreign countries. ICE Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who act as ambassadors in promoting the traditions of ICE and a deeper understanding of the role ICE plays in protecting our country and its citizens. The Foundation supports numerous programs and projects through donations from individuals, corporations and special fundraising events.

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