In today’s complex world, fire and emergency service personnel need to be constantly learning. But in today’s complex economy, it is not always easy to pursue the education or professional development opportunities you’d like. Scholarships and fellowship opportunities are available to help you achieve your educational goals.
Higher Education Scholarships
Each year the IAFC Foundation provides scholarships that make it possible for first responders to access advanced learning opportunities they need in order to be prepared for the increasing complex realities of the world today. The awards made by the IAFC Foundation impact the fire service and communities across America by providing first responders with the educational opportunities they need to lead the fire service and serve and protect our citizens.
To learn more about eligibility and application requirements visit the IAFC Foundation website.
Volunteer and Combination Officers Professional Development
VCOS will award two $1,500 scholarships to attend Fire-Rescue International. This scholarship program was developed to promote leadership through learning among volunteer and combination officers. Scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant’s description of how the department or the attendee will benefit from FRI attendance. Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC, but do not have to be VCOS members. The winners will be awarded the scholarship checks at the conference.
VCOS Symposium in the West is excited to announce 2 scholarships for the 2018 conference. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Frank Byrne, a long-time volunteer firefighter for Collingdale (Pennsylvania) Fire Company #1.
Two award recipients will receive full conference registration and a $1,000 travel stipend for attendance to the 2018 conference. Find out more and how to apply.
VCOS will award two $1,500 scholarships to attend Symposium in the Sun. This scholarship program was developed to assist IAFC/VCOS members who would benefit by the first-class educational training offered at Symposium but cannot afford to attend. Scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant’s description of how the department or the attendee will benefit from attendance at Symposium in the Sun. Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC and the VCOS. The winners will be awarded the scholarship checks at the conference.
The Gasaway Consulting Group is sponsoring a $1,500 Emerging Leader Scholarship to assist with registration and travel expenses to Symposium in the Sun. This scholarship program seeks to assist in the development of an up-and-coming new leader of a volunteer or combination fire department. Applicants do not need to be IAFC or VCOS members. The winner will be awarded the scholarship check at the conference.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leader Program
While not affiliated with the IAFC, the association encourages its members to apply for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leader Program, an abbreviated version of the NPS Master’s degree program. The course is an upper-graduate level-style course conducted in four separate, one-week sessions in Monterey, Calif., and is fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
The program’s theme is to bring together leaders to discuss, debate and explore strategies and policies related to homeland security. It enhances the senior leaders’ capacity to develop policies and resolve homeland-security issues while strengthening their working relationships across regions, agencies and local-state-tribal-federal jurisdictional and private-sector lines.
For more information visit the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Industrial Fire & Safety Scholarship Program
In the summer of 2017, the IAFC Industrial Fire & Safety Section established a scholarship to provide opportunities for first responders to participate in fire, safety and emergency response training. There is still time take advantage of this opportunity.
Applicants must meet one of these criteria:
- Be assigned to fire protection, safety, or an emergency response role in industrial, local, state or federal emergency response
- Have a demonstrated proficiency in safety, or emergency response
- Occupy a position of responsibility over emergency response
- Have a demonstrated proficiency in safety or emergency response
Additional consideration will be given to applicants who currently work in fire, safety or emergency response full-time as well as current IAFC and section members.
Scholarships will be reviewed in the order they’re received. The winner will be notified when approved.
For more information, email John Woulfe.
Download the Application (PDF)