The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to offer assistance, through its online scholarship program, AFSAScholarship.org, to ten lucky graduating high school seniors as they pursue their higher education goals. These national winners were randomly selected from 65,570 students who entered to receive a one-time $2,000 AFSA scholarship payable to their respective college, university or trade school. This online scholarship contest awards ten $2,000 prizes annually.
The ten national winners for 2015 are:
- Clara Cohoon, Prosper, TX
- Ethan Erauw, Jonesboro, AR
- Zachary Like, Little Rock, AR
- Carlos Menzie, Bridgeport, CT
- Aaron Pietraallo, Magnolia, NC
- Hayley Rein, Brooklyn, NY
- Ashley Milan, Myrtle Beach, SC
- Shana Smith, Pembroke Pines, FL
- Krystelle Thomas, Queens, NY
- Veronica Werve, Kempner, TX
To be eligible, applicants must be a current high school senior planning to attend a U.S. college, university or trade school in the coming fall. Applicants are required to read a passage about fire sprinklers – which describes their history, how they operate to save lives and property, and the types of careers that are available in the industry – and take a ten-question reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, the student receives one entry into a drawing for one of ten $2,000 scholarships. A total of 10 entries per applicant into the drawing are possible.
Since its creation in 1996, the AFSA Scholarship Contest has sought to promote the scholarship outside of the fire sprinkler industry in the hope of reaching students who may otherwise never have recognized the importance of automatic fire protection.
Now in its 20th year, the AFSA scholarship continues to grow attracting over 250,000 unique visitors to its website, afsascholarship.org, during the 2014-15 school year alone. The 2015-16 contest will begin in August 2015.
For more opportunities to win, AFSA also offers a $5,000 Second Chance Scholarship Contest, which is open to anyone who has graduated high school or equivalency and wants to pursue a college degree or trade school education. The 2015 Second Chance Scholarship will award five $1,000 Scholarships and is accepting applications through noon (CT), August 26, 2015.
The AFSA Scholarships are open to U.S. citizens or legal residents and are not based on financial need. For details or to apply for either scholarship, visit afsascholarship.org.