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NVFC and Columbia Southern University offer scholarships for volunteer responders

May 17, 2024

Scholarships available for volunteer responders

As reported by the NVFC, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) are offering scholarships to two NVFC members.

Each recipient will receive a scholarship covering up to 60 credit hours towards a CSU degree program of their choice.

This marks the 16th year of the partnership between NVFC and CSU, aimed at supporting volunteer first responders in their pursuit of higher education.

Volunteer first responders often have busy schedules, making it challenging to pursue personal goals such as higher education.

However, with the availability of online education, emergency services personnel can now achieve their learning goals while maintaining a work-life balance.

The scholarships provided by NVFC and CSU are part of this effort to support responders.

Eligibility and application requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet several criteria.

They must be members of the NVFC, volunteer responders, and must complete the CSU/NVFC scholarship application.

Additionally, applicants need to submit a 500-word essay on how the scholarship will impact their emergency services role, provide at least one letter of recommendation, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicants must also be able to start coursework within 90 days of receiving the award, maintain a GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates, remain in good standing with CSU and NVFC, and maintain continuous enrollment throughout the degree program.

Current CSU students who meet these requirements are also eligible, provided they have not previously received a CSU scholarship.

Scholarship details and deadlines

Scholarship recipients can choose from a wide range of degree programs at CSU, including fire science, fire administration, emergency medical services, and more.

They can pursue an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, ensuring that the education provided meets high standards.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 18, and the NVFC scholarship committee will announce the winners in October 2024.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply on the CSU website.

For any questions, the scholarship liaison can be contacted via email at Scholarships@ColumbiaSouthern.edu or by phone at 888-785-3006.

About Columbia Southern University and NVFC

Columbia Southern University has been a leader in online education for 30 years, offering a range of degrees including business administration, criminal justice, fire administration, and occupational safety and health.

NVFC members and their families receive a 10% discount on tuition at CSU.

The National Volunteer Fire Council is a nonprofit membership association representing volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services.

It provides resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders nationwide.

More information about NVFC membership and benefits can be found at www.nvfc.org/join.

FSJA comment

The partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council and Columbia Southern University continues to support the educational goals of volunteer first responders.

By providing scholarships that cover up to 60 credit hours, this initiative addresses the challenges faced by responders in balancing their demanding roles with personal development.

The eligibility criteria ensure that applicants are dedicated and prepared for academic success.

With a wide range of degree programs available, recipients can pursue various fields related to emergency services and beyond.

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