2012-13 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION
The Educational Foundation of the Fire Suppression Systems Association announced the winners of the 2013 scholarship competition. Each year, the Foundation provides financial support to outstanding young students connected with the fire protection industry to help them meet their ever-rising cost of a college education.
“The winners were selected from a pool of well qualified candidates,” said Dale Kent, President, FSSA Educational Foundation. “In the end, the Board of Trustees decided to award four scholarships for 2012-13. With the escalating costs of college in today’s tough economy, FSSA is pleased to provide assistance to help these young people receive their education in fire protection.”
One scholarship was awarded this year in the name of Chuck Hooper.
- $5,000 Scholarship - Josh Swann, attending University of Maryland College Park.
One scholarship was awarded this year in the name of Jim Boyer.
- $5,000 Scholarship - Matt Gentzel, attending University of Maryland College Park.
Two additional scholarships were also awarded.
- $5,000 Scholarship - Joseph Praydis, attending University of Maryland College Park.
- $500 Scholarship - Justin Biller, attending California Polytechnic State University.
To qualify for a FSSA Educational Foundation Scholarship, candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1st of the year in which they will use the scholarship. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who will be participating in the fire protection programs at accredited colleges and universities. Students already enrolled in college are also eligible to apply.
Awards are made on the basis of candidates’ academic success, interest, special abilities, financial need and other factors. For more information, contact FSSA headquarters or visit www.fssa.net.
The foundation is supported by contributions and grants from individuals, companies and business groups in the fire protection industry. All monies received are used 100% for scholarships. Contributions are tax deductible.
ABOUT FSSA: The mission of FSSA is to promote the use of, and be the leading recognized authority on, special hazard fire protection systems; employing existing and new technologies to safeguard people, high-value assets and the environment. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.
MEET THE WINNERS
The Educational Foundation of the Fire Suppression Systems Association announced the winners of the 2012-13 scholarship competition. Each year, the Foundation provides financial support to outstanding young students connected with the fire protection industry to help them meet their ever-rising cost of a college education.
|Josh Swann - Attending University of Maryland College Park
||Justin Biller - Attending California Polytechnic State University
Josh Swann is currently entering his senior year at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is studying Fire Protection Engineering. He is planning on continuing his education immediately by pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in the same discipline. This summer, Josh is continuing an internship position with Hughes Associates, Inc. in Baltimore, MD where he is involved with laboratory testing and research. Fire Protection Engineering is very important to Josh because he knows from first-hand experience how destructive fire can be when it is uncontrolled and unwelcome. Upon graduation, he plans to follow a career in fire investigation and research in order to advance the field of Fire Protection Engineering.
Justin Biller has completed his first year of graduate school at Cal Poly, with the goal of obtaining a masters degree in fire protection engineering in March, 2014. Biller is currently employed by AECOM as a senior fire protection engineer, working on a varied portfolio of projects throughout the US and globally. In addition, Biller serves on multiple codes and standards committees with both NFPA and SFPE, and on the local building and fire appeals board for Roanoke City, VA. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, Biller also volunteers much of his spare time as a minister in a bible education work and works on building projects, providing his engineering and code experience in the construction of Kingdom Halls and Assembly Halls, both locally and nationally.
|Matthew Gentzel is currently entering his senior year at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is studying Fire Protection Engineering. He was a silver medal National Latin Exam winner in 2008. As a 2010 graduate of Winters Mill High School, Matt is a very avid runner and a letter winner on the State Championship Cross Country Team his senior year of high school. He was president of the National Honor Society his senior year of high school and is also an Eagle Scout. Matt is a Emergency Medical Technician Basic and has completed NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 along with the NFPA Hazardous Materials Awarenss and Operations.||Joseph Praydis Jr. is a junior in Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park. He is from Baltimore, Maryland and transferred to UMD in 2011. Joseph has a strong interest in the chemistry and physics of fires, as well as fire and arson investigations. He is currently involved in the Wood Stove Design Challenge, which seeks to promote new generation designs in the wood stove industry. This summer, Joseph will be working for FireTEC, continuing research and testing for Maryland’s wood stove team. After graduation, he plans on applying for graduate school in Fire Protection Engineering.|