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IAFC Foundation Scholarships

The IAFC Foundation recognizes the increasingly complex world first responders operate in. Science, technology, communications and policy are constantly and rapidly 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 fully prepared to meet these challenges by providing increased opportunities to support their educational needs.


Several scholarship programs are offered by the IAFC Foundation. See details below on the various programs:


IAFC Foundation Scholarships

How to Apply


Applicants must complete all sections of the application form. This includes the 250 word statement outlining your reasons for applying for assistance and explaining why you think your course of study will be useful to you in your chosen field. In evaluating the applications, preference will be given to those demonstrating need, desire, and initiative. Credits previously attained in college level courses should be listed, and a transcript furnished when possible.


Click here to apply for scholarships.


The Motorola Future Leaders Scholarship Award
The Motorola Future Leaders Scholarship Fund provides several annual awards. Preference will be given to qualified applicants also enrolled in IAFC’s Officer Development Program, primarily offered at the Fire Rescue International Conference. These awards are made possible with generous support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Chief Charles A. "Chet" Henry Memorial Scholarship Award

This annual scholarship award, made possible by a generous donation from VFIS, a Division of Glatfelter Insurance Group, was established in November 2011 to honor Chief Henry who died on June 25, 2011 after a long period of declining health.  Chief Henry led a life that epitomized his commitment to public service. He began his career with the fire service in 1963 where he actively served his community for more than two decades.

Garry L. Briese Scholarship Award
The Garry L Briese Scholarship Fund, established in 2007 with generous support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, is generally reserved for a company officer, especially targeting a Driver/Engineer and/or a Lieutenant, for his/her professional education toward AA/AS or BA/BS degree.

The Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship Award
This recently created memorial fund was established in honor of the former IAFC Membership Marketing Manager who died in a tragic accident in October 2008 and specifically benefits female first responders. This fund was established with support from IAFC and The International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services.

IAFC Federal Military Section Award
One or more scholarship(s) will be awarded to an applicant who is an IAFC Federal Military Section Member or who works in a federal military department. The IAFC Federal Military Section is selling a coin, with proceeds to benefit the IAFC Foundation. Click here for more information.

John M. Buckman, III Award
A scholarship award will be given each year in Chief Buckman’s honor at the discretion of the IAFC Foundation Selection Committee. This scholarship award is generally reserved for a volunteer who is working toward his/her AA/AS or BA/BS degree in a fire science program.

2015 COLS Scholarship
The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation will award one qualified individual with a scholarship to attend the Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS), part of the 2015 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Conference and Expo, August 26-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. This scholarship award will include the COLS registration fee and a $500 stipend to offset travel expenses. Applications for this scholarship will be accepted through June 1, 2015. The scholarship will be awarded and the recipient notified by July 1, 2015.

For more information about the IAFC’s COLS program, please visit their website.

Get eligibility requirements and a PDF or Word application.

2012 COLS Winners

The 2012 Company Officer Leadership Symposium (COLS) Scholarship award winners (from left): James Gile, Training Officer, Jackson 105 Fire Protection District (CO), David Emanuel, Captain, Durham Fire Department (NH) and Joseph Schum, Captain, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (NV).


Fire Explorers
The IAFC Foundation offers educational scholarships to Fire Explorers. Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) to 20 years of age.

Click here for a Fire Explorers scholarship application.

For more information about the Fire Explorers program, click here.


Support Educational Scholarships for First Responders
These educational scholarship awards are made possible with support from thoughtful individuals, companies and foundations. Now is your chance to give back to the fire service and to support our future leaders. Donations to the IAFC Foundation are tax-deductible.

Click here to donate, sponsor or endow a scholarship.






Scholarship Winners


2014 Scholarship Winners

2013 Scholarship Winners

2012 Scholarship Winners

2011 Scholarship Winners

2010 Scholarship Winners


Scholarship News


Scholarship winners' photos and remarks.


View an IAFC-TV interview with COLS winner, David Emanuel.


IAFC Foundation receives grant as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation's Public Safety and Security Institute. Read the release.

-The Chief Charles A. Chet Henry Memorial Scholarship Fund recently established. Read the release.