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NVFC Scholarship Details

Columbia Southern University is proud to award two scholarships to members of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Each scholarship will cover up to $13,200 in one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

Scholarship winners must begin their coursework within 90 days of the date of the award. They will be required to maintain a 2.0 GPA for an undergraduate and a 3.0 overall GPA for a graduate degree, remain in good standing with both CSU and the NVFC throughout his or her degree program, and remain enrolled in the degree program.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a member of the NVFC. If you are not currently an NVFC member, click here to learn about member benefits and join
  • Complete the CSU/NVFC Scholarship application.
  • Submit a 500-word essay on this subject: "Explain how the opportunity to continue your education through this scholarship will advance your participation in the fire and emergency services or enhance your ability to contribute back to the emergency services community."
  • Provide at least one letter of recommendation (from a teacher or someone at the fire department you reported to directly).
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED), and be able to provide transcript.
  • Be able to begin his or her coursework within 90 days of the date of the award.
  • Maintain a 2.0 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 gradutae GPA.
  • Remain in good standing with CSU throughout his or her degree program; and maintain continuous enrollment in the CSU degree program.
  • Current CSU students must already meet these requirements to be considered.

Application Process

The scholarship will be open from June 30, 2017 to September 15, 2017. An NVFC Scholarship Committee will select the winners: winners will be announced in October 2017. The winners will recieve a phone call and all non-winners will receive an email notifying them of the decision.  
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Questions? Please email our scholarship liaison at scholarships@columbiasouthern.edu or call 888-785-3006.