Rewarding Good Citizenship

Good deeds are paying off for Indiana County volunteers. The county’s fire chiefs have created a scholarship based on good citizenship and civil service.

The Indiana County Fire Chiefs Association – ICFCA – set up a fund to give two $500 awards each year to college-bound students who are active in their community. The fund is managed by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which will process applications and administer the awards every year.

ICFCA President Melvin Benamati says fire chiefs in Indiana want a way to encourage more young people to become personally involved in making their communities better. They also want to reward those students for spending their free time helping others.

“Volunteers are the heart and strength of Indiana communities,” says Benamati. “Our fire companies wouldn’t exist if not for the volunteers who show up to protect their friends and neighbors when that siren calls. We hope this award will put a spotlight on the great work being done by volunteers of all ages and abilities.”

The awards are available to high school seniors pursing college, and to full-time college students up to their third year. Non-traditional students also qualify and are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to live within the service area of any of the 28 volunteer fire departments that serve Indiana County residents. Special consideration will be given to students who have volunteered with their local fire company.

Support the fund online, or find out more about application and award details.

Here’s a list of member fire departments and qualifying school districts:

Member Organizations   School Districts
Armagh Volunteer Fire Department Apollo Ridge School District
Aultman Volunteer Fire Department Blacklick Valley School District
Blacklick Volunteer Fire Department Blairsville/Saltsburg School District
Blairsville Volunteer Fire Department Calvary Baptist Academy
Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department Harmony Area School District
Brush Valley Volunteer Fire Department Homer-Center School District
Cherryhill Volunteer Fire Department Indiana School District
Cherry Tree Volunteer Fire Department Ligonier Valley School District
Clyde Volunteer Fire Department Marion Center School District
Clymer Volunteer Fire Department Northern Cambria School District
Coal Run Volunteer Fire Department Penns Manor School District
Commodore Volunteer Fire Department Purchase Line School District
Coral/Graceton Volunteer Fire Department Punxsutawney School District
Creekside Volunteer Fire Department Seeds of Faith Christian Academy
Elderton Volunteer Fire Department United School District
Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Department West Shamokin High School
Homer City Volunteer Fire Department
Indiana Fire Association
Iselin Volunteer Fire Department
Nicktown Volunteer Fire Department
Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department
Pine Township Volunteer Fire Department
Plumville Volunteer Fire Department
Rossiter Volunteer Fire Department
Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department
Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department
Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department
Vintondale Volunteer Fire Department

 

For additional information, or to set up your own scholarship fund, contact CFA Development Associate Katrina Perkosky: kperkosky@cfalleghenies.org, (814) 536-7741, xt. 119.

 

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