2016 IFCA Educational & Research Foundation Scholarship Program Is Now Open!

2016 Scholarship Appln

Each year the Foundation, in cooperation with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, coordinates a scholarship program made possible by the generosity of various donors.


The objective of this scholarship program is to assist individuals desiring to further their academic background through courses in the Fire Services or related certification programs.  Individual scholarships are to be awarded in various amounts up to $2,000.


Who is Eligible . . . any person who is an active member of a recognized Fire Department in the State of Illinois.


How to apply . . . applicants must complete all sections of the application.  In addition, attach an essay of approximately 250 words answering the question on the application form.

In evaluating the applications, consideration will be given to those demonstrating need, desire, initiative, and carrying endorsement.  Documentation of previous academic achievement should be furnished.  

Regionally Accredited Colleges , Universities . . . for those applicants who are requesting to attend a college or university, consideration will only be given to applicants who are attending regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Scholarship Applications must be submitted electronically by March 15, of the year.

Scholarship Chairman, Chief Tom Freeman

Illinois Fire Chiefs Educational & Research Foundation

2012 Procedure for Scholarship Reimbursement

IFCA Foundation Scholarship Donor Form

IFCA Foundation Scholarship Lasting Tribute Donor Form

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

2015 IFCA Foundation Scholarship Awards


The 2015 Scholarship Program sponsored by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Educational & Research Foundation recently named the recipients of its 2015 grants. A total of 89 scholarships were awarded.  The monetary value of this year’s grants totaled $75,900.00.

The Foundation Board of Director’s extend their gratitude to the many varied groups and individuals who have supported this worthwhile program. We also thank the many individuals who applied. We encourage those who applied, but were not selected, to continue in their educational endeavors.

The following is a synopsis of the 2015 Program.

Total Applications:                     157              Types Applied For:                                 Primary Department Status:

Number of Grants Funded:         89                 Associate Degree    23    (15)*                Paid               145      (81)*

Number of Grants Awarded:       89               Bachelor Degree     50 (35)                      Volunteer         4        (3)*

                                                                               Master’s Degree    27  (16)*                     Combination   8         (5)*

                                                                               Doctoral                   3    ( 0 )*

                                                                               Fire Training           20    ( 8)*

                                                                               FO Certification      29    (13)*

                                                                               Other                        5    ( 2)*                                                                                * Number Awarded

Foundation Sponsored    Outside Donations:     Foundation Matching      Total:                                 

$6,000.00                                      $47,400.00                             $22,500.00     $75,900.00