There’s a non-profit organization whose only purpose is to help federal employees help each other in times of need. This same group also awards scholarships to help federal employees and their immediate family members pay for college.

That organization is the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). When a major storm strikes, a car breaks down or a spouse loses a job, FEEA is there for these federal employees who need an extra hand. For more than 30 years, FEEA has been there to assist federal employees in times of dire need by providing grants and no-interest loans. NTEU is a founding member of FEEA and National President Doreen Greenwald serves on the FEEA Board of Directors.

Have a child headed for college? Looking to further your career? Federal employees with at least three years of service are eligible to apply for scholarships for themselves, their spouses or children. Applications are available from January through March with awards disbursed during the summer.

Each year, hundreds of winners are awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, with top candidates competing for the $5,000 FEEA-NTEU scholarships. These scholarships were first awarded in 2006 with $700,000 in unused administrative funds stemming from an NTEU-won settlement from a special rates case.One exceptional applicant will be named the Vernon Hunter Scholarship Awardee. This designation honors an IRS manager and Vietnam veteran who was killed in 2010 when a disgruntled taxpayer flew his private plane into the Austin, Texas, IRS offices.

Since 1986, FEEA has offered scholarships to more than 10,000 individuals, including providing nearly 200 scholarships to the children of federal civilian employees who died or were severely injured in the line of duty during the terrorist attacks on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Pentagon on 9-11, and the US Embassies and Consulates in Kenya, Tanzania and Libya.

Emergency Assistance
FEEA offers eligible federal employees confidential, no-interest loans in times of emergency. Loans up to $1,200 are available for:

  • Severe illness or injury of employee or immediate family member

  • Death of employee's immediate family member

  • Major loss/damage to primary residence due to natural disaster

  • Victim of domestic violence

  • Separation or divorce

  • Spouse’s loss of employment due to layoff

FEEA has given more than 11,000 loans to federal employees totaling nearly $8 million since 1986. FInd additional information and an application.

Disaster Relief
FEEA offers disaster relief grants up to $500 to eligible federal employees in the aftermath of floods, hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires, droughts and tornadoes. The charity has paid out more than 9,000 disaster relief grants totaling $4.5 million to federal employees since 1986. There is also the Bill Bransford Helping Hands Fund for employees facing extreme personal emergencies not resulting from a natural disaster. Find more information and an application.

Make a Contribution
To be able to provide federal employees emergency assistance and help with college bills, FEEA relies on donations from other federal employees. Please consider donating to FEEA by visiting its website or by making a pledge during the Combined Federal Campaign (FEEA #11185). Every little bit can help another federal employee in need.