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Captain Coy L. Sykes Memorial Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Our Heroes Foundation has established the Captain Coy L. Sykes Memorial Scholarship Program to assist the children of Hillsborough County Public Safety Personnel, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office or Tampa Police Department who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.  The scholarship program was named after the father of Sykes’ Founder, John H. Sykes, and grandfather of Sykes’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Chuck E. Sykes.

Coy Sykes retired as Captain of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  While Captain Sykes was unable to provide a college education for his children on the salary of a law enforcement officer, the Captain Coy L. Sykes Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Our Heroes Foundation, has provided thousands of dollars every year to help numerous students achieve their educational aspirations.  Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Captain Coy L. Sykes Memorial Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent* children of sworn personnel of the following eligible public safety agencies: Florida Highway Patrol (Troop C), Tampa Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Temple Terrace Police Department, Temple Terrace Fire Rescue, Plant City Police Department, Plant City Fire Rescue, Tampa International Airport Police Department or University of South Florida Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, or Tampa Police Department as of the application deadline date.

*Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.

  • Be high school seniors who plan to enroll for the first time in a full-time** undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

**Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year.

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Our Heroes Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Up to four (4) awards of $2,000 each will be granted Hillsborough County Public Safety Personnel.  Up to four (4) awards of $2,000 each will be granted to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police Department. Two awards will be designated for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and two awards will be designated for the Tampa Police Department.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by Our Heroes Foundation.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in March.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Our Heroes Foundation. Payment is made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 4, 2021 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Our Heroes Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!