33-4302. armed forces and public safety officer scholarships.
(1)(a) The following individuals shall be eligible for the scholarship program provided for in this section:
(i) Any spouse or child of any Idaho resident who entered active service as an Idaho resident as indicated on a DD form 214 certificate of release or discharge from active duty and, while such service member is, or was if deceased, a resident of the state of Idaho:
1. Has been determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action; or
2. Died of, or is determined to be unemployable due to, injuries or wounds sustained during active duty or inactive duty training;
(ii) Any spouse or child of any member of the United States armed forces who is stationed in the state of Idaho on military orders and who:
1. Is deployed from the state of Idaho to any area of armed conflict in which the United States is a party and who has been determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action or has died of or is determined to be unemployable due to injuries or wounds sustained in action as a result of such deployment; or
2. Dies of, or is determined to be unemployable due to, injuries or wounds sustained during active duty or inactive duty training; and
(iii) Any spouse or child of a full-time or part-time public safety officer, as defined in paragraph (b) of this subsection, employed by or volunteering for the state of Idaho or for a political subdivision of the state of Idaho, which public safety officer is or was a resident of the state of Idaho at the time such officer was killed or totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty. The scholarship provided for in this section shall not be available unless it is determined that:
1. The death or disablement of the public safety officer occurred in the performance of the officer’s duties;
2. The death or disablement was not caused by the intentional misconduct of the public safety officer or by such officer’s intentional infliction of injury; and
3. The public safety officer was not voluntarily intoxicated at the time of death.
(b) As used in this section:
(i) "Active duty" means state active duty as defined in section 46-409, Idaho Code, or full-time duty with any of the United States armed forces.
(ii) "Inactive duty training" means training or maintenance activities prescribed, required, or authorized for military members that do not constitute active duty.
(iii) "Military member" means a member of the United States armed forces.
(iv) "Public safety officer" means a peace officer, a firefighter, a paramedic as defined in section 56-1012, Idaho Code, or an emergency medical technician as defined in section 56-1012, Idaho Code.
(v) "United States armed forces" means the air force, army, coast guard, marine corps, navy, or space force, or the reserve component of any such service.
(vi) "Volunteering" means contributing services as a bona fide member of a legally organized law enforcement agency, fire department, or licensed emergency medical service provider organization.
(2)(a) To be eligible for the scholarship provided for in this section, a child of a military member or a public safety officer must be a resident of the state of Idaho and must have completed secondary school or its equivalent in the state of Idaho. A child already born, or born after a military member or public safety officer is determined to be imprisoned or missing in action, or dies or becomes totally and permanently disabled, shall be eligible for this scholarship.
(b) To be eligible for the scholarship provided for in this section, the spouse of a military member or public safety officer must be a resident of the state of Idaho and must have been married to such person at the time the military member or public safety officer was determined to be imprisoned or missing in action or died or became totally and permanently disabled. However, in the situation of disability, the spouse must be currently married to such person.
(3) An eligible individual who applies for the scholarship provided for in this section shall, after verification of eligibility, receive the scholarship and be admitted to attend undergraduate studies at any public institution of higher education or public career technical college within the state of Idaho without the necessity of paying tuition and fees therefor; such student shall be provided with books, equipment, and supplies necessary for pursuit of such program of enrollment not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) per quarter, semester, intensified semester, or like educational period; and such student shall be furnished on-campus institution housing and subsistence for each month he or she is enrolled full-time under this program and actually resides in such on-campus facility. However, such undergraduate educational benefits shall not exceed a total of thirty-six (36) months or four (4) nine (9) month periods. Effective July 1, 2022, the initiation of such educational benefits shall extend for a period of nineteen (19) years after achieving a high school diploma or its equivalency or for a period of ten (10) years after the event giving rise to the eligibility for the scholarship, whichever is longer.
(4) The eligible individual shall meet such other educational qualifications as such institution of higher education or career technical college has established for other prospective students of this state, as well as any additional educational qualifications established by the state board of education and board of regents of the university of Idaho.
(5) Application for eligibility under this section shall be made to the state board of education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho or the state board for career technical education. The board shall verify the eligibility of the applicant and communicate such eligibility to such person and the affected institution or college.
(6) Affected institutions shall in their preparation of future budgets include costs resultant from such tuition, fee, book, equipment, supply, housing and subsistence loss for reimbursement from appropriations of state funds.
(7) For purposes of this section, a member of the United States armed forces is considered unemployable if at the time of application:
(a) The United States department of veterans affairs has made a determination of individual unemployability; or
(b) The United States social security administration has made or recognized a determination of total and permanent disability, and the determination is based on injuries or wounds sustained during active duty or inactive duty training.
(8) For the purposes of this section, a public safety officer is considered totally and permanently disabled if at the time of application a current disability determination made by the public employee retirement system of Idaho is in effect with respect to such individual.
(9) The state board of education and board of regents of the university of Idaho may adopt rules to implement and administer the scholarship program provided for in this section.
[33-4302, added 1972, ch. 393, sec. 2, p. 1136; am. 1991, ch. 90, sec. 1, p. 204; am. 1999, ch. 329, sec. 36, p. 878; am. 2002, ch. 276, sec. 1, p. 809; am. 2005, ch. 326, sec. 1, p. 1017; am. 2007, ch. 95, sec. 1, p. 277; am. 2008, ch. 185, sec. 1, p. 557; am. 2012, ch. 178, sec. 1, p. 467; am. 2013, ch. 72, sec. 3, p. 183; am. 2016, ch. 32, sec. 1, p. 77; am. 2022, ch. 28, sec. 1, p. 82; am. 2022, ch. 29, sec. 1, p. 84; am. 2023, ch. 218, sec. 6, p. 609; am. 2023, ch. 260, sec. 1, p. 779.]