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Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship Award - Honors the memory of Heather Westphal who died in October 2008. This scholarship supports female first responders to encourage their participation in this male-dominated field. Amount: $2,000

Ben Meadows Scholarship - Offers two $2,500 scholarships for students in undergraduate forestry programs. These awards are given to college juniors or seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement or leadership abilities.

“Ned Carter” Scholarships - Awards four scholarships to graduating high school students who plan to enter a service-related profession, such as fire service, when they complete their degree program.  Amount: $1,500

Application Deadline: First Saturday of March

The Floyd B. Heimer Memorial Scholarship Award

The Floyd B. Heimer Memorial Scholarship Award gives scholarships to students in the state who are studying fire science or emergency medical services.

Supporting Organization: Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA)

Amount: $2,000

Application Deadline: April 15

John Mabry Forestry Scholarships

John Mabry Forestry Scholarships awards scholarships to forestry students enrolled in two- or four-year degree programs.

Supporting Organization: Railway Tie Association

Amount: $2,000

Application Deadline: June 30

The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Project

The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Project offers scholarships to any Oregon high school graduate with a full year of college transcripts who plans to study agriculture and/or a forestry related major.

Supporting Organization: Oregon Farm Bureau

Amount: Varies

Application Deadline: See Website for Details


Colleges often offer scholarships to forestry and fire science students in order to attract new students to their programs, as well as retain the ones they already have. Here are some examples of schools that offer such scholarships.

The Stephen (Steve) Bell Memorial Scholarship is for fire science students who are at least in the second year of the degree program at Lake Superior State University. In order to be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers several scholarships to forestry students ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Some scholarships are awarded to one student annually, while others choose multiple winners each year.

Supporting Organization: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Deadline: February 15

Michigan State University

Michigan State University offers scholarships worth $200,000 to its forestry majors each year. These awards are for various amounts, generally ranging from $2,000 up to the full cost of tuition. Awards may be renewable for up to four years.

Supporting Organization: Michigan State University

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Contact for more details

Eastern Kentucky University’s

Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety has two scholarships for students studying fire science. These awards can be renewed up to seven times.

Supporting Organization: Eastern Kentucky University

Amount: $1,300 per semester

Deadline: October 15 for spring awards and March 15 for fall awards

The Edwin W. Mogren Annual Scholarship

The Edwin W. Mogren Annual Scholarship is available to students in their sophomore or junior year at Colorado State University. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. A written statement about the importance of forestry is also required.

Supporting Organization: Colorado State University

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 4

Charitable Foundations

Students who earn fire science and forestry degrees contribute a lot to their local communities when they enter their careers. Charitable foundations understand the importance of educating qualified workers for these jobs, so they often create scholarship programs to invest in those who will use their degrees to give back. These scholarships are some examples of this.

Zach Myers Memorial Firefighter Scholarship

The Zach Myers Memorial Firefighter Scholarship is for graduating high school students from Johnson County, Kansas who plan to study fire science in order to become a fire fighter or emergency medical technician.

Supporting Organization: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: July 1

Yvorra Leadership Development (YLD) Foundation

The Yvorra Leadership Development (YLD) Foundation scholarship is designed to promote leadership development in the emergency services profession. This award is for those in the field enrolled in degree programs to advance their careers.

Supporting Organization: Yvorra Leadership Development (YLD) Foundation

Amount: Varies

Application Deadline: October 30


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