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WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship Application Information Learn more

WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship

 

The Western New York Volunteer Firemanís Association (WNYVFA) is proud to announce the 18th annual WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship for graduating high school seniors. Awarded in June of 2017, the scholarship(s) will be awarded to first year students entering an accredited institution of higher learning. The anticipated value of the 2017 scholarship(s) will total up to $2000.00.

The scholarship is available only to individual members in good standing of the WNYVFA (including the WNY Ladies Auxiliary) and their children. Awardee selection will be based on documented evidence of the applicantís volunteer involvement in their community.

Applications for the WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship may be obtained from the following:

TIMOTHY WOLFANGER
WNYVFA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
58 LIBERTY ST
DANSVILLE, NY 14437
PHONE: (585) 335-8415
twolf514@yahoo.com or click here to open the WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship Application.

Along with the completed application, the applicant must include:

  • Documentation verifying first term enrollment from the intended institution of higher learning
  • TWO letters of recommendation; one from a High School teacher/administrator AND one from a community leader (fire department officer, church official, etc.)
  • A MAXIMUM 250 word essay written by the applicant on the subject "The Value of Volunteerism in My Community".

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: The completed applications must be postmarked NO LATER than April 1, 2017 at the above address


The Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association Scholarship Committee

is proud to announce this year's recipients of the 2014 WNYVFA scholarship in memory of John Hann

Emliy D’Angelo York Central Livingston  
Deborah Rivera Dansville Central Livingston  
Hannah Carrier Niagara Wheatfield Niagara  
Brody Wood Keshequa Central Livingston  

The Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association would like to congratulate these recipients and to wish all graduating Seniors good luck in your future endeavors.

Donations to the scholarship fund are welcomed and needed!!!!!

Please send donations to:

Tim Wolfanger
58 Liberty St.
Dansville NY 14437

WNYVFA Memorial Scholarship Background Learn more

Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association Memorial Scholarship Background

The idea of a scholarship was initiated with a discussion of a donation from the estate of Past President Elmer Bassett (1955).

Various discussions took place at the quarterly meetings of the WNYVFA during the 1995 year. At the annual meeting in July 1996 of the Association, the scholarship committee was made a standing committee of the Association and was so stated in the by-laws.

Committee:
The committee is comprised of the following that are appointed by the President on an annual basis:

  • First Vice President of WNYVFA
  • Second Vice President of WNYVFA
  • 5 at large members with at least one being a past President (one of these at large is appointed chairman)
  • Treasurer of WNYVFA as an ex-officio member

Responsibilities:

  • Set up fundraising ideas (explained later)
  • Submit budget request annually
  • Determine dates for mailings and deadlines for return of applications
  • Review and select recipients
  • Determine dollar amount and number of awards

Eligibility

The scholarship is available only to graduating high school seniors who are either individual members of WNYVFA (including WNY Ladies Auxiliary) or are children of a WNYVFA member (including WNY Ladies Auxiliary)

( Click here to download the application.)

Funding

The scholarship is generally funded by soliciting member organizations of the WNYVFA (attachment 1) for donations, collections taken at WNYVFA meetings, or donations from individuals as memorials or contributions. The WNYVFA has also designated the interest from a CD to be put into the scholarship to assist the value of the award(s).

Expenses for stationary, postage, etc. are taken care of by WNYVFA.

Donations are forwarded to the Treasurer for deposit and acknowledged as they are received.

Process

September to November:
Committee discusses any changes to the scholarship, formulates the letters and establishes the calendar with deadlines for the scholarship process.

January:
Mailings are sent to all organizations that are members of the WNYVFA announcing the scholarship and the procedure to obtain an application -

( Click here to download the application.)
Included in the January mailing is a request for donations to the scholarship fund with an explanation of the scholarship itself

January to Application Deadline ( late April - early May)
Applications are sent out to individuals who have requested one. Sent to each applicant is a letter explaining what needs to be done to fulfill the scholarship requirements and the application itself (attachment 2 and 3)

First week of May:
All information received from the eligible applicants prior to the deadline are photocopied and sent to each committee member. Included within the mailing are an explanatory letter and a scoring sheet (attachment 4) to tally the applicant's letter of recommendation from their high school, a letter of recommendation from a community leader, and their essay on volunteerism (as stated on attachment 2 and 3).

End of May:
All of the committee evaluations are due. The committee meets at a pre-determined location to discuss and tally the results of the committee's evaluations of each applicant. Committee members who feel biased toward any applicant for any reason are not counted in the tally. The applicants are scored, totaled, then divided by the number of individuals judging to determine an average score. Highest average score is first; second highest average is second, and so on.

Amount and Number of Awards:
A few factors determine the amount and number of awards. These factors include:

  • amount of money available (determined from the treasurer's report). This will fluctuate annually but will generally be close to the anticipated amount stated in earlier mailings (attachment 1)
  • the number of applicants
  • the results of the average scores. If the committee feels that the results are close, then they try to assist as many as possible.

Announcing the Awards: (first of June)
The awardees are notified through mailings that are sent to their high schools. Two letters are sent:

  • The first notifies the school of the award and requests that the school announces it at their awards and/or graduating ceremonies
  • The second is a letter to be given to the student stating the necessary procedure to receive the award The winners are also announced at the June quarterly meeting of WNYVFA, published in the annual convention yearbook and local committee program book, and various newspapers. The winners are also announced again at the annual July convention of the Association.

Processing the Award:
Upon completion of the awardees first semester in secondary education, they must submit the following to the Chairman for verification

  • a transcript of their semester grades with at least a 2.0 (C) overall average -documentation of second semester enrollment

The chairman, upon satisfaction that the awardee has met the requirements of the committee, contacts the Treasurer to process the award amount to the recipient.

( Click here to download the application.)
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