VCOS Scholarship Programs

VCOS Scholarship Programs: Fire-Rescue International | VCOS Symposium | Emerging Leader

 

VCOS Symposium in the Sun Scholarships

$1500 VCOS-sponsored scholarships are awarded to IAFC-VCOS members only

This VCOS-sponsored scholarship program was developed to assist chief officers from volunteer and combination departments which lack the financial resources to offer professional development to their leaders. The scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant's description of how the knowledge gained at VCOS's annual Symposium in the Sun will contribute to the betterment of their leadership skills and improved functioning at their department. 

 The 2016 application period is now open through August 31, 2016. Fill out the online application. Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC and VCOS.

The two successful applicants are notified by the beginning of September and are awarded their $1500 scholarship checks at the Symposium. Therefore, scholarship recipients must be prepared to pay upfront expenses. 

Please contact board member Chief James Seavey at mdfire0412@aol.com with any questions regarding the Symposium scholarship program or the application process.

Symposium in the Sun Scholarship Winners

2015
Chief Tim Stuckey, Sheridan (Ark.) Fire Department and Battalion Chief Corinne Piccardi, Cabin John Park (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department

2014
Chief Ken Ranalli of the Demorest (Ga.) Fire Department and Chief Jennifer Williams of the Southeast Chickasaw (Miss.) Volunteer Fire Department 

2013
Deputy Chief David Hodges of the Maryville (Tenn.) Fire Department and Chief David Weiss of the Westmont (Ill.) Fire Department

2012
Fire Chief Donna Black, EFO, of the Duck (N.C.) Fire Department and Fire Chief Jason Catrambone of the Spanish Peaks-Boncarbo (Colo.) Fire Protection District

2011
Firefighter/EMT Amanda K. Gingell of the Harrisville (R.I.) Fire Department and Fire Chief John R. Nixon, Antioch (Ill.) Fire Department

2010
Fire Chief Jeff Karrow of the Alexandria (Minn.) Fire Department and Assistant Chief Kevin D. Hardwick of the Glendale (Ohio) Fire Department

2009
Chief Mike Vaughn of the Washington (Ill.) Fire Department and Chief Mark Ellis of the Potterville (R.I..) Fire Department were the recipients of the first VCOS Symposium scholarships.

Emerging Leader Scholarship

The Gasaway Consulting Group, LLC is sponsoring a $1,500 Emerging Leader Scholarship to assist with registration and travel expenses for the VCOS Symposium in the Sun. "I am a big proponent of the concept of paying it forward," noted GCG President Dr. Richard B. Gasaway. "The VCOS and the Symposium in the Sun have played a very important role in my development as a chief officer. I am delighted to be able to give back to the VCOS and help a new chief attend this world-class conference." You do not need to be an IAFC-VCOS member to apply for the Emerging Leader Scholarship.

 The 2016 application period is now open through August 31. Apply now! The successful applicant is notified at the beginning of September and is awarded the $1500 scholarship check at the Symposium. Therefore, the scholarship recipient must be prepared to pay upfront expenses.

Emerging Leader Scholarship Winners

2015
Captain Adam Farrar, Scott Township (Ind.) Fire Department

2014
Asst. Fire Marshal/Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Kerrigan of East Whiteland Township (Penn.) Department of Codes and Life Safety

2013
Captain Brian Taylor of the Bazetta Township (Ohio) Fire Department

2012
Fire Chief Ryan Pierson of the Pitman (N.J.) Fire Department

2011
Fire Chief David DeRoller of the Sea Breeze (N.Y.) Fire District

2010
Fire Chief Scott F. Brewer of St. Tammany (La.) Parrish Fire District #9 is the winner of the first Gasaway Emerging Leader Scholarship.

 

Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Scholarships

$1500 VCOS-sponsored scholarships are awarded to IAFC-VCOS members only

The Volunteer & Combination Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) awards two $1,500 scholarships to attend Fire-Rescue International (FRI) each year. This scholarship program was developed to promote leadership through learning among volunteer and combination officers.

Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s description of how the department or attendee will benefit from attendance at FRI.  Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC and VCOS. The 2016 application process is now closed. Each year, winners are notified by June 1 and are awarded scholarship checks at FRI.  Therefore, scholarship recipients must be prepared to pay upfront expenses. Scholarship recipients are expected to attend classes and fully participate in FRI.

 Please contact board member Chief Randy Larson at rklarson81@gmail.com with any questions regarding the FRI scholarship program or the application process.

VCOS FRI Scholarship Winners

2016
Chief Ryan Pierson, Highland Chemical Engine Company (N.J.) and Captain Andrew DeVries, Bayside (Alaska) Fire Department

2015
Chief Kevin Cooney, South Windsor (CT) Fire Department and Chief Christopher Maeder, Fairview (NY) Fire District

2014
Lieutenant Charles Bailey, Rineyville (Ky.) Fire Department and Chief Timothy Morrissey, Sherborn (Mass.) Fire Department

2013
Chief Stephen N. Pegram of Goshen Township (Ohio) Fire & EMS and Senior Group Captain Leonard William Carter, EFO of New South Wales (Australia) Rural Fire Service

2012
Deputy Chief Stephen Addezio of Evesham (N.J.) Fire Rescue and Deputy Chief Jason Caswell of Hope Valley-Wyoming (R.I.) Fire District

2011
Fire Chief Dennis Covey of Malabar (Fla.) Fire Rescue and Battalion Chief Robert Talburt of the Logan-Rogersville (Mo.) Fire Protection District

2010
Fire Chief Ty Dickerson of the Lexington (Va.) Fire Department and Fire Chief Adam Farrar of the Wadesville (Ind.) Fire Department

2009
Deputy Chief David Weiss of the Westmount (Ill.) Fire Department and Fire Chief Judy Thill of the Inver Grove Heights (Minn.) Fire Department were selected as the first winners of the VCOS FRI Scholarships.

Asst. Fire Marshal/Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator