Local / New York State
FASNY Help Tuition Assistance:
"as an incentive for those who serve, FASNY has developed the Higher Education Learning Plan (FASNY HELP). This program provides you with tuition reimbursement for courses taken at a New York State chartered community college. With FASNY HELP, you're eligible to have up to 100% of your tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining your grades and fulfilling defined service requirements. You must also be a "member in good standing" in one of New York's volunteer fire companies during both your school years and service payback period."
Because they may have their own programs, the FASNY program is not available to volunteer FD members in the following:
- Suffolk County
- Nassau County
- New York City
- Rockland County
- Erie County
- Chautauqua County
- Niagara Active Hose Company 1 & 2 (Niagara Falls)
- Vails Gate Fire Department
Nassau or Suffolk: college students who join a volunteer fire or EMS squad can receive nearly $4,000 a year to cover intuition. For information, go to https://www.schumer.senate.gov/
for details. Similar programs may be available in Chautauqua, Erie, Rockland and NY City. ( Check with your County Coordinator; list at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/county-fire-coordinators/index.cfm
The Anthony J."Andy" Messina Scholarship (First Bankers Scholarships Programs):
Funds will be awarded to students pursuing an emergency services degree (e.g., fire science, EMS, or emergency management).
The Ward A. & Janice R. Bohner Scholarship ( First Bankers Scholarship Programs):
Awarded to those pursuing a general course of study in any other field. Tuition assistance is offered based upon merit, to individuals pursuing a higher education ( full time or part time) at an accredited institution of higher education.
Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Scholarship (FASNY):
http://www.fasny.com/index.php/awards/fasny-gerard-j-buckenmeyer-volunteer-scholarship/ $1000 scholarships are awarded to those students who fit the program’s criteria, focusing on a strong volunteer commitment.
Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation Scholarship:
The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation will award college scholarships to the children of: New York City firefighters , victims of September 11, 2001, victims of other disasters and fires in NY City.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation:
Tuition, room and board and books for children and spouses of members who died in the line of duty. Must attend college (public or private) in New York State at undergraduate level.
New York State Professional Firefighters Association, Inc.:
Funding for children of uniformed members of the NYS Professional Firefighters Association
NYS Propane Gas Association:
underwrites Elbert Stillwaggon Memorial Scholarships for students enrolled full-time in Fire Prevention Technology programs at several 2-yr and 4-yr SUNY colleges. See http://nypropane.com/about-nypga/scholarship-news/
New York State volunteer and employees and their families may enroll in an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program or in classroom-based MPA at Marist’s satellite locations in New York City or Albany for half the normal tuition price. Marist also offers a 25% tuition discount for employees and their families on select graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. Qualified individuals or their family members must work within departments appearing through the FDID database of the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Northern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association:
This is a college scholarship for benevolent members of the NNYVFA; firefighters who have a relationship with a member; and members' spouses, children, and grandchildren. Applicants must be college students working towards a career in fire, EMS, public safety, or community services.
Arnold R. Depetro Memorial Scholarship:
For graduates of the following Chautauqua County, New York schools: Cassadaga, Chautauqua Lake, Clymer, Falconer, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Maple Grove, Panama, Ripley, Sherman, Southwestern, and Westfield. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be undergraduate students with financial need, pursuing vocational careers in public or private security.
BTA Firefighter Christopher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship is for seniors at Brewster High School in Brewster, New York. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be continuing their education in the field of paramedics/EMS service, fire science, or the medical field.
Chuckie Fletcher Friendship Award:
A monetary donation will be presented to a Tompkins County resident with a record of community service and dedication to others. Contact: Ithaca Fire Department
Fire Chiefs Dan & Jim O'Connell Mem. Scholarship:
This scholarship is for seniors at Brewster High School in Brewster, New York. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be the child of a living or deceased volunteer firefighter.
H. Peter Kahn Memorial Scholarship:
Established in memory of a veteranTrumansburg firefighter lost in the line of duty in 1997. Assists members of the fire department and their children with college tuition. (May also be available to members of adjacent departments?) Contact Treasurer, Trumansburg Fire Company, 74 W.Main Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886