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The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, incorporated in 1985, is administered by a Board of nine people. The main purpose of this Foundation is to raise funds for educational scholarships.
Any year in which the fund balance of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation exceeds $3,000.00, a minimum of two scholarships of $1000.00 each shall be awarded for college or post secondary education. One scholarship shall be awarded to a child of a deceased firefighter and a minimum of one to a child of an active or retired firefighter.
The Foundation may at its discretion award additional scholarships if the financial condition of the Foundation can support the awards. Two additional alternates will be drawn in case scholarships are not accepted by any of the original recipients.
Children and stepchildren of active, retired or deceased Minnesota firefighters are eligible for Foundation scholarships through the entire calendar year of reaching age twenty-eight (28).
Regardless of age, the spouse of a deceased firefighter is eligible for a Foundation scholarship for a period of up to five (5) years following the death of the firefighter, starting with the calendar year following the death of the firefighter. These applicants shall be included with those applicants received from children of deceased firefighters.
Applications may be obtained from the Secretary of the Foundation or from the following websites: www.msfca.org, www.msfda.orgor www.mpff.org. All completed applications shall be postmarked no later than April 15 of the year it is to be awarded.
Selection shall occur at the April Board meeting of the Foundation. If no applicant names have been submitted, no awards will be made that year. If more than one applicant for either of the scholarships, selection shall be made by a lottery drawing with no consideration of need. One scholarship to a child of a deceased firefighter shall be selected first. The remaining applicants of a child of a deceased firefighter shall be combined with those of a child of an active or retired firefighter to complete the selection of the scholarships to be awarded that year. Applicants selected shall be required to provide the Foundation with confirmation of their enrollment as a full-time student in a college or post secondary educational institution prior to September 1 of the year awarded.
Upon receipt of the Recipient Form and an official document from the Registrar’s Office certifying the applicant’s enrollment as a full-time student from the school they will be attending, usually in August, the scholarship check will be forwarded to the recipient’s school upon Board approval. If any recipient is not eligible, refuses the scholarship or has not provided certification of enrollment prior to September 1 of the year awarded, the alternate shall be notified and given until December 1 of the year awarded to provide certification.