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.
Ten Scholarships will be awarded to cover the cost of full Fire-Rescue Med (FRM) conference registration and two nights lodging at the event. All scholarship recipients must be first-time FRM attendees. All entries must include a short statement detailing your greatest challenges today or in the future in fire-based EMS leadership and why, as well as your recommended actions. Find out more and how to apply.
Company Officer Professional Development
The IAFC Foundation will awarda scholarship to attend the Company Officer Leadership Symposium program at Fire-Rescue International. The scholarship will provide registration and a stipend to attend. The deadline for application is June 1. Learn more about eligibility requirements and get an application.
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.
Harvard Fire Executive Fellowship Program
Application deadline: February 28, 2012
Each year, the IAFC in partnership with the National Fire Academy and other fire service organizations, awards a small number of fellowships to senior fire executives to attend Harvard University’s annual Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. The three-week program is conducted on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Mass.
The application process for the Harvard Fire Executive Fellowship Program is typically open between November and February. Awards are announced in the spring. Watch IAFC On Scene for announcements and updates.
Harvard Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies
The IAFC Foundation and the IAFC Fire & Life Safety Section (FLSS) have established a scholarship to provide participation in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) session. The scholarship application form can be found on the IAFC Foundation's website and on FLSS's Awards and Scholarship webpage. Applications are due January 1 annually.
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 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.
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