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Conference Scholarships

The National Volunteer Workforce Solutions program for Inclusion and Diversity, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer & Combination Officers Section, is offering scholarships for five officers and future leaders from combination and volunteer fire departments to conferences. To be eligible, you must be a volunteer or paid on-call/hourly. Career personnel are not eligible for this scholarship. 

 The scholarship will cover flight, hotel and registration to the following conferences: 

  • VCOS Symposium in the Spring, May 14-16, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN

    • Application Deadline: March 13, 2020

  • Fire-Rescue International, August 19-21, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ

    • Application Deadline: June 19, 2020

  • VCOS Symposium in the Sun, November 12-15, 2020 in Clearwater, FL

    • Application Deadline: September 4, 2020

Awardees will be notified within two weeks of the deadline. All flights must be booked 30 days prior to the conference. Selected applicants are expected to attend classes and network while at the conference.  

Application (pdf)

Send your completed application to Kaitlin Lutz at 




The National Volunteer Workforce Solutions is an initiative to assist combination and volunteer fire departments with the means to improve their ability to recruit, retain, and manage a diverse and inclusive workforce.  The program has created and curated a variety of resources for combination and volunteer fire departments across the country. More about VWS | Contact VWS

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