NFPA Awards Scholarships to Fire Safety Students

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee awarded scholarships to four exceptional fire safety students who have exhibited academic excellence and contributed to fire safety activities, academic achievements and leadership abilities. The scholarships are awarded each year to recognize students for their pursuit of careers in fire safety.

Catherine Hamel, the recipient of the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship, is a junior at the University of Maryland. She joined the fire protection department last spring and developed interest in the field due to its prospect of saving lives by utilizing engineering tactics and technology. Over the past year and a half, Hamel has been involved with department research, activities and scholarship. Her work has included a research of stovetop fires as part of a student team and she has been actively working with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. She plans to pursue a career in fire investigation and analysis. This scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of Cote’s retirement from the NFPA and is awarded to recognize and offer support for undergraduate students pursuing careers in fire protection engineering.

Justin Beal is the recipient of the George D. Miller Scholarship. He is currently pursuing a master’s of public administration at Columbia Southern University. He has obtained a bachelor’s degree in fire science and is currently a supervising fire prevention inspector with the City of Fresno Fire Department. Beal has many certificates from the California State Board of Fire Services and also attended the United States National Fire Academy for the past six years, taking several resident courses. In order to continue his development and broaden his impact in the fire service, he hopes to become a fire marshal for his next career step. The George D. Miller Scholarship was established in honor of the former NFPA president and CEO and is awarded to students in fire service or public administration programs.

Christine Pongratz, a senior in the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) program at the University of Maryland, is the recipient of the John L. Jablonsky Scholarship. Pongratz will be working as an FPE graduate student starting in June. She was the president of the Salamander FPE Honorary Society and has also contributed to community service events and departmental services via her role as student ambassador. Her role entailed educating, presenting and inspiring prospective students to join the fire protection engineering community. Pongratz has interest in performance-based design and smoke management, and would like to pursue these areas during graduate school. The John L. Jablonsky Scholarship is awarded to recognize the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs.

Richard Emberley is the recipient of the David B. Gratz Scholarship. He is a Ph.D. student in fire safety engineering at The University of Queensland working on understanding modern structural systems exposed to fire. Emberley graduated as a Civil Engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and completed an M.Sc. in fire protection engineering and a second one in civil engineering. He has been committed to learning, excellence and volunteerism. His long-term career goal is to be involved in the fire protection engineering research, consulting and/or teaching at the college level. Emberley desires to obtain appropriate licensing and certification as a professional engineer. The David B. Gratz scholarship is awarded to recognize the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs.

For additional information regarding NFPA scholarship program, please contact Christine Ellis at +1 617 984-7244or cellis@nfpa.org

NFPA Awards Scholarships to Fire Safety Students

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Safety Education Memorial Fund has made it a tradition to award students each year with scholarships to recognize their pursuit of careers in fire safety. This year four scholarship recipients have been selected based on their contributions to fire safety activities, as well as their academic achievements and leadership abilities.

Justin Perry, a junior in the Fire Protection Engineering program at the University of Maryland, was awarded the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship. Perry, who is currently working toward a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree, serves as one of the Clark School of Engineering ambassadors. He will be participating in fire protection analysis at Dominion Energy this summer and plans to become a professional engineer. This scholarship, which was established in 2006 in honor of Cote’s retirement from NFPA, recognizes and offers support for students pursuing careers in fire protection engineering.

Yaqiang Jiang, a master’s student at the University of Science and Technology of China, received the David B. Gratz Scholarship for his work in the college’s State Key Laboratory of Fire Science program. Jiang has completed a research project involving smoke control in tunnel fires, and some of his results have been published in scientific journals. After receiving his master’s, Jiang plans to study at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh for his Ph.D. The David B. Gratz Scholarship is named after NFPA’s first executive director for international operations, a position Gratz held for 22 years, and recognizes the international growth of fire science and fire engineering programs.

Gregory Gorbett, the recipient of the John L. Jablonsky Scholarship, has earned bachelor’s degrees in both forensic science and fire science and has received a master’s degree in executive fire service leadership. He is currently earning a master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has maintained a 4.0 GPA while volunteering as a firefighter. Gorbett plans to continue his career path as a professor and fire and explosive investigator. This scholarship honors the valuable contributions of John L. Jablonsky, both on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and in numerous positions with NFPA, and is designed to aid those with similar convictions to develop careers of service to mankind.

Beau Stevens, a student at Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program, was awarded the George D. Miller Scholarship. Currently a training officer intern at Stillwater Fire Department in Oklahoma, Stevens has also been a consistent recipient of the Dean’s and President’s Honor Roll and has been an active student leader in on-campus fire protection and safety activities. In the future, he hopes to progress through a career as a firefighter, training officer and fire marshal. The George D. Miller Scholarship, named in honor of the former NFPA president and chief executive officer, is granted to students in fire service or public administration programs.

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