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NVFC Scholarship Details

Columbia Southern University (CSU) is proud to offer two, $12,600 (up to three-years) scholarships to members of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). This scholarship covers tuition and recipients can utilize the Loan-a-book program.

Scholarship winners must begin their coursework within 90 days of the date of the award. They will be required to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, 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

All scholarship applicants must:

  • have a high school diploma or GED,
  • be an active member of the NVFC,
  • complete the CSU/NVFC Scholarship Application,
  • provide at least one letter of recommendation (from a teacher or someone you reported to directly),
  • 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."
If you are not currently a member of the NVFC, visit to join.

Application Details

The application period for the NVFC scholarship has closed. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

The scholarship will open on June 30, 2016 and will close September 15, 2016. Applicants will be required to submit verification of their membership as well as three short essay questions. The Columbia Southern University scholarship committee will select a winner, and the winner will be announced on October 14, 2016. For any questions/concerns please email our scholarship liaison at or call 888-785-3006.