IAFC Foundation Scholarship Application

Deadline: April 29 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight)


The IAFC Foundation recognizes the complex world in which first responders operate. Science, technology, communications and policy are constantly changing and evolving. It's critical that our nation's first responders master the challenges of today and tomorrow. The IAFC Foundation helps ensure that our men and women are prepared to meet these challenges by providing opportunities to support their educational needs.

IAFC Foundation Applicant Criteria:

• Applicant must be an active member of the U.S. or Canadian Fire Service (state, county, providential, municipal, community, industrial or federal fire department)
• Applicant’s Fire Chief should be a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
• Volunteers must have 3 years experience; Paid- 2 years; Combination- 3 years experience
• Applicant must demonstrate leadership and proficiency as a member of the fire service in a supervisory or middle management position or similar position of paid or volunteer work
• Applicant must use the scholarship funds in a recognized institution of higher education during the 2018-2019 academic year (August 2018 - July 2019). Any unused scholarship money is to be returned to the IAFC Foundation by August 31, 2019.
• Scholarship may not be used to fund formal academic research projects
• Scholarship may not be sole source of academic funding

Scholarships Available:

Arthur J. Glatfelter Memorial Scholarship: The Arthur J. Glatfelter Scholarship was established through a generous endowment gift from the Glatfelter Insurance Group and VFIS. The scholarship recognizes Mr. Glatfelter’s steadfast support for the fire and emergency services, including his relentless advocacy for firefighters across the United States.

Chief Charles A. "Chet" Henry Memorial Scholarship: The Chief Charles “Chet” Henry Scholarship was established with support from VFIS to honor the memory of Chief Henry. It is awarded to a qualified applicant at the discretion of the selection committee.

Garry L. Briese Scholarship: The Garry L. Briese Scholarship was established with generous support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Preference is given to Driver/Engineers and Lieutenants pursuing AA/AS or BA/BS degrees.

Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship: The Heather Westphal Scholarship was established with support from the IAFC and iWOMEN to honor the memory of Heather Westphal. It is given to a female first responder.

IAFC President’s Scholarship: This scholarship honors IAFC Presidents and their support for aspiring leaders in the fire and emergency services. Recipients represent the future of the fire service’s commitment to lead, serve and protect our communities.

IAFC Federal & Military Services Section Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an applicant who is an IAFC Federal & Military Services Section member or who works in a federal or military fire department.

John M. Buckman, III Scholarship: This scholarship honors Chief John Buckman and is reserved for a volunteer who is working toward his/her AA/AS or BA/BS degree in a fire science program.

General Educational Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants at the discretion of the selection committee.


Application Procedure:

1) Fill in the on-line application and submit the following documents:
a) Provide two letters of endorsement acknowledging applicant’s demonstrated proficiency as a member of the fire service
b) Provide current curriculum vitae or resume
c) Provide official course description from institution catalog

2) Supply a head and shoulders photograph of yourself in uniform if chosen for a scholarship award.

3) Agree to provide a report at the completion of the program or course work that includes the recipient reply form, proof of course expense and proof of course completion.

Scholarship Scoring Guidelines:

The IAFCF Scholarship Committee will judge each application in terms of: 1) benefits to be derived from the scholarship for the applicant, the applicant’s community and the fire service based on the applicant’s question answers; 2) benefits to be derived from the applicant and the fire and emergency medical service that are outside normal fire department staff development training; 3) evidence that the applicant meets all the applicant criteria, has thoroughly completed the application form and submitted all of the necessary supporting documents. Preference will be given to those pursuing Bachelor's and Associate's degrees and those who have not received an IAFC Foundation scholarship within the last three years.

The IAFC Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs or activities, including educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other programs.