IAFC Foundation Announces 2016 Explorer Scholarship Awards

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation (IAFCF) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Fire Explorer Scholarship awards:

  • Victoria-Rose Burke, Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp (NY)
  • Jonathan Kuo, Los Angeles County Fire Department (CA)
  • Austin Leggett, Spring Grove Fire Protection District (IL)
  • Mark Liepins, Elburn Country Side Fire Protection District (IL)
  • Morgan Schmitz, Novato Fire District (CA)

The IAFC Foundation, in partnership with the Learning for Life Fire & Emergency Services Career Exploring program, coordinates the Explorer scholarship award to assist young men and women in pursuing a career in the fire sciences or another related academic program. The winners this year are well-rounded and active in their respective fire departments, schools and communities.

According to Anthony P. Campisi, IAFCF President and President/CEO of Glatfelter Insurance Group, “We are delighted to provide these Fire Explorer Scholarships to assist our young men and women in their pursuit of a career in the fire and emergency services.  These youths represent the future of the fire and emergency services and it’s imperative that we assist them in their quest to serve and protect our communities.” 

“On behalf of the National Fire/Emergency Service Exploring Committee, I wish to congratulate all of the recipients. In addition, I would like to thank the IAFC Foundation and the supporting organizations for their generosity.” William L. Taylor, Director of Exploring.

The IAFC Foundation provides scholarships that make it possible for fire and EMS first responders to access the advanced learning opportunities they need in order to be prepared for the increasingly complex realities of the world today.  The scholarship awards made by the IAFC Foundation impact the fire service and communities by providing first responders with the educational opportunities they need to lead the fire service and serve and protect our citizens. For more information on the Foundation visit www.iafcf.org.

Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring is open to young men and women from the 6th grade to 20 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire & Emergency Services.

Fire & Emergency Services Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country. For more information on the Fire & Emergency Services Explorers program visit: www.exploring.org