Applications for National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program Due May 15

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Does your Fire Corps program have youth who help with non-emergency tasks in the department? Are they interested in continuing their involvement in the emergency services? If so, consider registering your youth program with the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program. Registration is free, and your program will be eligible for the National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program, sponsored by Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation.

Ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to junior firefighters nationwide who demonstrate commitment and dedication to their local junior firefighter program and the fire service. In addition, the departments of each of the winning students will receive a grant of $5,000. The application and criteria for the competitive scholarships are available on the NVFC web site at www.nvfc.org/juniors. Applications must be received by May 15.

Department members, junior firefighter program coordinators, and Fire Corps volunteers are encouraged to inform their department’s junior members about this opportunity. Scholarships can be applied to a two- or four-year institution of higher learning, a trade school, or a certification program. The corresponding grants to departments must be used to benefit the departments’ junior firefighter program.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a senior in high school, or a high school graduate within the past three (3) years, who is enrolled or will be enrolled in the Fall 2008 school year at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning, a trade school, or a certification program.

  • Be a past or current junior firefighter in a department that is registered with the NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program. If your program is not currently registered, the department can do so for free at www.nvfc.org/juniors.

  • Have proven to be an active and vital member of a junior firefighter program for at least one year and currently be active in the department either as a junior firefighter or in some other capacity.

  • Have demonstrated intent to pursue emergency services.

  • Describe extracurricular involvement.

The National Junior Firefighter Program helps fire and EMS organizations nationwide develop, grow, and promote local programs that encourage youth participation in the fire and emergency services. In addition, youth can use the Program to find out how to join a local fire, rescue, or EMS organization, keep track of their hours of service, and earn exciting rewards after spending a set number of hours helping their department. The Program is supported by the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation and Spartan Motors, Inc.

Register the youth component of your Fire Corps program with the NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program. The NVFC has released a podcast which you can use as a resource for establishing a youth program or for maintaining or expanding an existing program. The podcast introduces departments to the National Junior Firefighter Program and offers insights and best practices for establishing and managing a local youth program within a department. Firehouse.com recorded the podcast, which is available online at www.radiofirehouse.com, on the NVFC web site at http://nvfc.org/index.php?id=1036, and can be downloaded from iTunes.

Learn more about the NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program, scholarship criteria, and application process, and download the application at www.nvfc.org/juniors. The scholarships and grants will be awarded during Firehouse Expo in July.

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