Fire Science Scholarships

Careers as Inspectors, Firefighters and Investigators

Fire inspectors prevent fires by checking buildings for fire hazards and making sure all applicable fire safety codes, like those requiring sprinklers in office buildings, are met. They test fire suppression equipment like extinguishers, examine potentially hazardous equipment (for example, tanks storing flammable materials), and review emergency evacuation plans.

Fire investigators do their work after a fire has occurred, conducting a forensic examination of the premises in conjunction with other professionals like chemists or structural engineers. This requires more scientific expertise than the fire inspector’s job, and the investigator is often called into court to testify in insurance litigation, when millions of dollars can depend on an investigator’s opinion about what caused a particular fire.

Firefighters, of course, are the emergency responders given the task of putting out a fire and rescuing trapped occupants. This profession is more dangerous that that of inspector or investigator, but requires less higher education. Firefighters usually have emergency medical training, and they are responsible for maintaining their firefighting equipment and providing information about fire safety to the general public.

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Scholarships From Professional Associations

The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation (IAFCF) sponsors a number of scholarships designed to help both working firefighters and students cover the costs of fire science programs. There are different sets of criteria applicable to each award, but you may submit a single application to be considered for all of them. Here are three examples of what IAFCF has to offer:

The Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) maintains a page of scholarship information for those studying fire sciences or emergency medical services, and here is a list of three of the awards currently offered:

MSFA keeps a downloadable list of criteria available, showing which educational programs and schools qualify for funding. Priority goes to a student in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, followed by Fire Science at the University of Maryland University College and two other possibilities.

The National Fire Protection Association funds a large number of scholarships, some awarded through the organization and others assigned to different colleges (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Maryland, and Oklahoma State University). For example, there is a group of four scholarships named for individuals (Arthur E. Cote, David B. Gratz, John L. Jablonsky, and George D. Miller) with separate application requirements and monetary awards of at least $5,000 each.

College Scholarships

Students enrolled in Seminole Community College‘s Fire Science program may qualify for either of these two scholarships:

Lake Superior State University’s Fire Science program hands out the Stephen (Steve) Bell Memorial Scholarship to Fire Science majors who are at least sophomores and have a GPA of 3.0.

The Fire Protection Technology program at Portland Community College (PCC) sponsors three scholarships for Fire Protection students:

The College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) offers several scholarships to students enrolled in one of its fire science degree programs. Here are two examples: