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Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program

Offered by Maryland Higher Education Commission

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Apr 10, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

May 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you an active career or volunteer firefighter, ambulance, or rescue squad member serving Maryland communities? If so, consider applying for the Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program! This scholarship is open to active firefighters, ambulance, and rescue squad members who are seeking a fire service-related degree. The Maryland Higher Education Commission, the state’s board responsible for administering state financial aid programs for higher education, funds the scholarship. Each year, they award varying amounts of scholarship money to help eligible students pursue a fire service-related degree. Recipients are also required to serve for one (1) year as a volunteer or career firefighter, ambulance, or rescue squad member in Maryland after completion of an eligible program. If you’re passionate about helping out people in critical need and are pursuing a fire service-related degree, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be an active career or volunteer firefighter, ambulance, or rescue squad member seeking a degree in a fire service-related field. "Active" refers to career members who have worked at least 1,000 hours OR volunteer members who have accumulated at least 50 LOSAP points in at least two different categories, in the tax year prior to the award year. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest

Fire Science/Firefighting

Religious Affiliation


Other Category

Adult, Nontraditional

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, a notarized statement from an employer confirming active employment or volunteer service, and the below application materials.

Proof of enrollment

Academic transcript

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Maryland Higher Education Commission at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program is renewable.

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