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Top 24 Firefighters Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Lisa Freedland

Lisa Freedland is a Scholarships360 writer with personal experience in psychological research and content writing. She has written content for an online fact-checking organization and has conducted research at the University of Southern California as well as the University of California, Irvine. Lisa graduated from the University of Southern California in Fall 2021 with a degree in Psychology.

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Updated: April 2nd, 2024

Passionate about helping people and interested in becoming a firefighter, but worried about the financial costs? Don’t worry, there are many firefighting scholarships available for you!

Whether you’re a seasoned firefighter or thinking about attending a four-year university, fire academy, or vocational school, we have you covered when it comes to scholarships!

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** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

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Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

“Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship

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Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career…Show More

At Scholarships360, our mission is to help students find and fund their postsecondary education. We know that students have a variety of educational and career interests and aspirations. That is why we are offering the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship. This scholarship aims to support all current postsecondary students, regardless of the type of education they are pursuing. Thus, no matter your own unique educational path, we hope you apply for this $500 scholarship. In order to apply for the “Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship, students must submit an essay about their career ambitions. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Apply

$40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior
Apply

“Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter…Show More

The U.S. is home to over 2,000 four-year universities offering bachelor’s degrees. However, attending such universities can sometimes come with hefty costs that can deter students from attending. If you’re in a situation similar to this, we may just have the perfect scholarship opportunity for you: the “Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship! With this scholarship, we aim to help out a lucky undergraduate student (enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year) who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. The scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen who is enrolled as an undergraduate at a four-year university in the U.S. during the 2023-24 academic year. In order to apply, submit an essay explaining how earning your bachelor’s degree will help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level College Students
Apply

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

New York State ENA September 11 Scholarship Fund

Offered by New York State Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 26, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by New York State Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

The New York State ENA September 11 Scholarship Fund is open to all rescue workers, including pre-hospital care providers, firefighters, and police officers. To apply,…Show More

The New York State ENA September 11 Scholarship Fund is open to all rescue workers, including pre-hospital care providers, firefighters, and police officers. To apply,…Show More

The New York State ENA September 11 Scholarship Fund is open to all rescue workers, including pre-hospital care providers, firefighters, and police officers. To apply, students must provide proof of acceptance into an accredited nursing program and of at least one year of pre-hospital work experience. Applicants do not need to be members of ENA but must provide a letter of reference from a current ENA member. Don't miss out on this opportunity to further your education and advance your career in the field of nursing. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 26, 2024
Grade Level College Students
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Chief Larry Williams Scholarship

Offered by South Carolina State Firefighters Association

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by South Carolina State Firefighters Association

Are you a member of the South Carolina State Firefighters Association who wants to join the fire service or improve your skill set? If so,…Show More

Are you a member of the South Carolina State Firefighters Association who wants to join the fire service or improve your skill set? If so,…Show More

Are you a member of the South Carolina State Firefighters Association who wants to join the fire service or improve your skill set? If so, consider applying for the Chief Larry Williams Scholarship! This scholarship is open to members of the South Carolina State Firefighters Association who are seeking further training or education. The Chief Larry Williams Scholarship honors the dedication and love that Chief Williams dedicated to the citizens of York County, the Bethesda Fire Department, and South Carolina’s fire service for over three decades. It is funded by the South Carolina State Firefighters Association, a non-profit organization that encourages the selfless service of firefighters who have to undergo countless tough and critical situations on the job. Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to help lucky firefighters pay for their educational costs. If you’re a passionate, South Carolina firefighter who is looking for some help to pay off your training or school costs, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Sam Carbis Scholarship

Offered by South Carolina State Firefighters Association

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by South Carolina State Firefighters Association

The Sam Carbis Scholarship is funded by the South Carolina State Firefighters Association, an organization dedicated to working toward fire service advocacy, benefits, education, and…Show More

The Sam Carbis Scholarship is funded by the South Carolina State Firefighters Association, an organization dedicated to working toward fire service advocacy, benefits, education, and…Show More

The Sam Carbis Scholarship is funded by the South Carolina State Firefighters Association, an organization dedicated to working toward fire service advocacy, benefits, education, and safety for firefighters throughout the state of South Carolina. Every year, their Sam Carbis Scholarship awards $1,000 to multiple members of the South Carolina State Firefighters Association who are training to be volunteer firefighters in the state. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Fire Family Scholarship

Offered by Fire Family Foundation

10 awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 16, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Fire Family Foundation

Are you the child of a current or former firefighter and you are currently or will soon be attending a postsecondary institution? If so, the…Show More

Are you the child of a current or former firefighter and you are currently or will soon be attending a postsecondary institution? If so, the…Show More

Are you the child of a current or former firefighter and you are currently or will soon be attending a postsecondary institution? If so, the Fire Family Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 to ten children of current or former firefighters who are currently or will soon be attending a postsecondary institution. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

10 awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 16, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships

Offered by The First Responders Children’s Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $6,250
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by The First Responders Children’s Foundation

Are you the child of a first responder? If so, you may be eligible for some of the The First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships! The…Show More

Are you the child of a first responder? If so, you may be eligible for some of the The First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships! The…Show More

Are you the child of a first responder? If so, you may be eligible for some of the The First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships! The scholarships are open to children of police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers. They are funded by the First Responders Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the families of first responders who have risked their lives to serve our communities. The foundation has been awarding scholarships for the past 20 years. Check out the information below to see if you’re eligible to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $6,250
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship

Offered by Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students

Offered by Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association

Are you majoring in fire protection engineering or administration? If so, you might consider applying for the Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

Are you majoring in fire protection engineering or administration? If so, you might consider applying for the Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

Are you majoring in fire protection engineering or administration? If so, you might consider applying for the Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship! The scholarship is funded by the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association, a non-profit trade association. FAMA is committed to improving the quality of the fire apparatus industry and emergency service community through the manufacturing and sale of the safest possible fire apparatus and equipment. Each year, one lucky student is awarded the $5,000 scholarship to help pay for college. If you’re passionate about fire protection engineering or administration, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Daniel A. Terry Scholarship

Offered by California Fire Foundation

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by California Fire Foundation

Are you a high school senior or graduate who is a child of a California firefighter who died in the line of duty? If so,…Show More

Are you a high school senior or graduate who is a child of a California firefighter who died in the line of duty? If so,…Show More

Are you a high school senior or graduate who is a child of a California firefighter who died in the line of duty? If so, you may qualify for the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship. The scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors and graduates who are the children of fallen California firefighters. The scholarship program is offered by the California Fire Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters, and the communities they protect. In honor of California Professional Firefighters, the scholarship aims to help the children of fallen firefighters fulfill their educational dreams. Every year, multiple recipients are chosen to earn a $3,000 scholarship to help them pay for tuition costs. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, granting up to $12,000 total to each recipient. If you are a child of a fallen firefighter in California, we encourage you to apply.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

UChicago Police and Fire Scholarship

Offered by University of Chicago

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by University of Chicago

Introducing the UChicago Police and Fire Scholarship, a prestigious opportunity for the children of the U.S.'s public safety officers who are attending the University of…Show More

Introducing the UChicago Police and Fire Scholarship, a prestigious opportunity for the children of the U.S.'s public safety officers who are attending the University of…Show More

Introducing the UChicago Police and Fire Scholarship, a prestigious opportunity for the children of the U.S.'s public safety officers who are attending the University of Chicago. UChicago is proud to honor their sacrifice by offering full-tuition, four-year scholarships to the children of such officers. This scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been accepted to UChicago and are the children of currently active or fallen professional police officers or firefighters. Students whose parents have lost their lives in the line of duty are also eligible. To be considered, no extra materials are required beyond applying for admission. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Public Safety Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program

Offered by Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

Multiple awards worth Partial Tuition Cost
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

Are you a Missouri college student and public safety officer who has been left disabled in the line of duty? Alternatively, are you the child…Show More

Are you a Missouri college student and public safety officer who has been left disabled in the line of duty? Alternatively, are you the child…Show More

Are you a Missouri college student and public safety officer who has been left disabled in the line of duty? Alternatively, are you the child or spouse of a public employee who was left killed or disabled in the line of duty? If so, consider applying for the Public Safety Officer or Employee's Child Survivor Grant Program. The program is open to college students under 24 years of age in Missouri who either have been left disabled themselves or have a relative who was left disabled or killed in the line of duty. Missouri's Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development provides this program to provide support to public employees and their families, especially those who have experienced hardships and challenges. Thus, every year, the Department awards multiple applicants with funding to partially cover their tuition at a Missouri college or university. If you or a family member has been killed or disabled in the line of duty, you may be eligible for this opportunity. Show Less

Multiple awards worth Partial Tuition Cost
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Pearl Mae Scholarship

Offered by Pearl Mae Foundation

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Pearl Mae Foundation

Are you a high school senior from Florida who is committed to pursuing a career in healthcare or first responder fields? If so, you might…Show More

Are you a high school senior from Florida who is committed to pursuing a career in healthcare or first responder fields? If so, you might…Show More

Are you a high school senior from Florida who is committed to pursuing a career in healthcare or first responder fields? If so, you might consider applying for the Pearl Mae Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 each to college-bound high school seniors from Florida who will be pursuing a major or field of study that prepares them for a career in healthcare or a first responder position. Preference will be given to students residing in South Florida, but it is not a requirement to apply.  If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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Scholarships for children of firefighters

Dependent Children Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: Dependent children of Tennessee’s brave law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical service technicians who were left disabled or deceased during the course of employment.
  • Amount: $13,260
  • Deadline: July 15, 2024

ESA Youth Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Children of first responders (firefighters, police, paramedics, and EMTs)
  • Amount: Varies

Fire Family Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Biological or adopted children of a firefighter. Must be a high school senior, at least 16 years old with a GED, or be enrolled in college or trade school. Applicants cannot be older than 26 and must have at GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Opens: March 2023

Montana University System Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters / Peace Officers Waiver

  • Eligibility: Montana residents enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the dependents or spouses of a Montana Firefighter or Peace Officer who was killed in the course and scope of employment
  • Amount: Undergraduate tuition waiver
  • Deadline: Varies

NYS Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Current undergraduates in New York who are the children, spouses, or other financial dependents of deceased/volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty
  • Amount: Up to $13,045
  • Deadline: June 30, 2024

How to win firefighters scholarships

Winning a scholarship comes down to crafting a compelling application. Since you are applying for scholarships that are aimed at firefighters, you’ll want to make sure that your interest and experiences related to firefighting are emphasized in your application. 

Specifically, you’ll want to make sure that any relevant experiences are captured in your scholarship resume. The resume is a fantastic way to guide the scholarship committee through your history, including important achievements, experiences, and educational accomplishments. 

Another part of the application process that’s important is the essay. The goal of the essay will vary according to the specifications of the scholarship application, but generally you’ll want to share a story, moment, or experience that is central to who you are as a person (and in the case of a firefighters scholarship, something that is aligned with this interest). 

The best way to get your essay writing process started is by reflecting on important experiences or moments from your life that really define who you are. Once you’ve done some reflection, you can get to work outline and write your scholarship essay. To get started, here are some resources from our scholarship essay experts (but we suggest starting with the how to write a winning scholarship essay guide):

Resources for firefighters

There are several membership organizations and associations dedicated to supporting firefighters. These organizations can connect you to a community of other firefighters as well as other scholarships and continuing educational opportunities. Here are a few organizations that you might check out:  

National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The National Volunteer Fire Council is a nonprofit membership organization that is focused on supporting volunteer fire services, as well as EMS and rescue services. Through NVFC you will be able to access free online training, insurance,  scholarships, and a members only online community. 

International Association of Fire Fighters

The International Association of Fire Fighters or IAFF represents more than 330,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics around the world. In addition to advocacy and lobbying work on behalf of their members, the IAFF also offers online training opportunities, as well as scholarships. 

Local organizations

Some states have state-specific organizations that are dedicated to supporting firefighters. For example, in North Carolina, the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association offers educational opportunities, as well as scholarships for students.  Additionally, your local fire department may also offer scholarship opportunities like the F. Michael Sacca Scholarship offered by the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company in Ocean City, Maryland.  

Frequently asked questions 

Does being a firefighter pay for college?

Unfortunately, being a firefighter does not pay for college. However, there are many different ways to become a firefighter, and some programs are cheaper than others. Attending a university is generally more expensive than attending a fire academy or training school. However, such costs can be offset with scholarships and by attending in-state public universities.

Do firefighters get paid more with a college degree?

Firefighters with a bachelor’s or master’s degree will receive higher wages in some fire departments, but not all. Thus, an individual who wants to pursue firefighting should be confident in their decision to go to college for reasons unrelated to future salary.

Do firefighters qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness?

Yes – as long as they fulfill the requirements for making payments and maintaining their employment, firefighters can qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. After 10 years of repayments and continued employment, or with permitted lapses, they will not have to repay any more federal loans.

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