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Scholarship Info

This year’s competition is now open.

Application deadline is March 15, 2018.

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The application process is through an online service which we hope you will find much more user-friendly. You will need to create a user name and password.

The IFCA Foundation Annual Scholarship Program runs from January 1 – March 15 each year. The application and instructions are posted on this site January 1. Scholarship recipients are notified by May 1.

In 1983, the IFCA Foundation Scholarship Program awarded its first scholarships. This program began with memorial gifts dedicated in honor of deceased Fire Service personnel and those supportive of the Fire Service. They were designed as a vehicle for expressing a lasting and continuing remembrance of loved ones that will have long lasting returns through the education and training of these future Fire Service leaders within the State. Scholarships are designed to permit individuals within the State to further their formal education, certification and training through attendance at approved courses designed for this specific purpose. As the program grew monies were donated by individuals, organizations, businesses and the annual IFCA Foundation Golf Outing & Raffle.

Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:

  • College Level
  • Fire Officer Certification
  • Fire Service Training

Scholarships for college courses are designed to be utilized for attendance at institutions of higher learning in Fire Service related fields. Scholarships for certification and training courses are designed to be utilized in attendance at OSFM approved institutions and for certifications approved by OSFM. The Scholarship Committee of the Foundation, which consists of Fire Service professionals from across the State, prepares guidelines for the program. These guidelines are then approved by the full Board of Directors of the Foundation.

Any questions can be directed to the IFCA Office at 847.966.0732 or by email info@illinoisfirechiefs.org

 


In 1983, the first year of grants, the Foundation awarded seven scholarships, totaling $4,400.00. There were thirty-four applicants for these grants. In subsequent years, these numbers have grown, as follows:

 

YEAR AMOUNT
AWARDED
NUMBER
AWARDED
NUMBER OF
APPLICANTS
1983 $4,400.00 7 34
1984 $5,100.00 9 43
1985 $11,100.00 17 56
1986 $14,000.00 30 56
1987 $18,400.00 32 65
1988 $22,800.00 37 66
1989 $22,800.00 38 64
1990 $25,600.00 39 91
1991 $29,500.00 43 87
1992 $28,500.00 43 102
1993 $35,000.00 50 130
1994 $43,000.00 62 125
1995 $45,375.00 65 133
1996 $45,375.00 67 150
1997 $56,875.00 74 136
1998 $66,500.00 81 171
1999 $61,500.00 77 139
2000 $58,000.00 79 121
2001 $63,500.00 83 165
2002 $54,500.00 76 225
2003 $51,500.00 77 215
2004 $54,500.00 75 213
2005 $55,500.00 77 183
2006 $68,000.00 89 180
2007 $73,000.00 93 269
2008 $74,000.00 94 260
2009 $74,500.00 93 254
2010 $76,500.00 100 327
2011 $63,500.00 85 234
2012 $81,300.00 110 241
2013 $89,100.00 112 258
2014 $88,100.00 124 237
2015 $75,900.00 89 157
2016 $62,100.00 89 214
2017 $63,400.00 94 208
Totals $1,762,725.00 2410 5609
PO Box 7, Skokie, IL 60076-0007
Tel: 847.966.0732 / 800.662.0732
Fax: 847.966.0782
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