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National Volunteer Fire Council announces 4 new scholarships

The new funding opportunities are in memory of Heather Schafer, the council’s longtime leader who died last year


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By Leila Merrill

GREENBELT, Md. — The National Volunteer Fire Council is offering the inaugural Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship to four EMS or fire industry professionals this year.

Two scholarships are available for the NVFC Health and Safety Training Summit, which will be on June 24-25 in Orlando.

The other two scholarships are available for the NVFC Recruitment and Retention Experience, which will be on Sept. 16-17 in Mesa, Ariz.

“The Heather Schafer Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by ADT, recognizes exemplary emerging leaders in public safety who are committed to improving the fire and emergency services in the areas of health, safety, recruitment, retention, department culture, and emergency response. The scholarship covers the cost of the registration fee, airfare (or mileage), meals, and lodging, up to $1,500, for one of the NVFC’s annual training events,” a NVFC press release states.

Schafer joined the council in 1993 and was CEO since 1994, according to the NVFC. She died unexpectedly last year and was highly regarded.

Scholarship nominations are due by March 31. To view all the criteria or apply, go to