Gardner-Webb University is dedicated to the educational success of our public servants, and through the First Responders Grant, eligible students can receive a 10% tuition grant renewable through the completion of a DCP/Graduate program.

The First Responders Grant is truly a blessing because it allows our first responders to further their education at a minimal cost. I commend Gardner-Webb University for recognizing first responders who sacrifice so much daily for their communities and nation.

Chief of Police Cam Jenks, City of Cherryville

Eligible Professions

  • Military, active or reserve
  • Law Enforcement/Public Safety
  • Corrections/Probation/Parole
  • Fire Department/Fire Marshall/Volunteers
  • EMT/EMS Personnel
  • Rescue Squad/REACT
  • 911 Operators


  • To qualify for this grant, you must be employed in one of the listed professions and have that employment verified by a supervisor or other official. Email completed forms to: [email protected]
  • The grant can be applied to tuition for any DCP/Graduate program.
  • The grant is renewable through the length of the program.