FPE Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid
The Department of Fire Protection Engineering is fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of scholarship opportunities thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, organizations and corporations. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships must complete the A. James Clark School of Engineering Scholarships Application each year. Information regarding scholarships offered by the Clark School can be found at scholarships.eng.umd.edu/scholarships.
A limited amount of financial aid is available at the college, campus and state level. Information may be obtained from these web sites:
- Clark School's Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarship Programs
- University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid
- Maryland Higher Education Commission for State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications
To apply for financial aid, you will first need to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
For help completing the FAFSA, applying for financial aid, and/or searching for scholarships, Peterson's College Guide provides a comprehensive Scholarships, Loans, Financial Aid & the FAFSA page.
Scholarships offered via FPE:
- The Patricia Baker Scholarship
Established by alumni of the Fire Protection Engineering department, in honor of Mrs. Patricia Baker to acknowledge her dedication and service to the department. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Donald W. Belles Scholarship
Named in honor of an alumnus of the department, the Donald W. Belles Scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors in fire protection engineering. The award is based on a student's academic performance, merit and need. The award provides a variable amount to Maryland or Out-of-State students. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- The Robert C. Byrus Memorial Fund
In memory of Robert C. Byrus (right), this fund will commemorate Mr. Byrus’ dedicated service and strong commitment to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland and the fire service training field. The fund will support a junior undergraduate student in Fire Protection Engineering who is preferably a current or past member of a fire department. The student will be awarded $1000 in the junior year and is then eligible to receive $2000 in the senior year based upon continued good progress toward a degree. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply. Learn more about Robert C. Byrus' life and career. (PDF)
- Sarah B. Bryan Scholarship
Named in honor of Sarah Bryan, late wife of the founding Chair Professor John L. Bryan, this scholarship was established to provide assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who support or encourage gender diversity. Multiple awards are given annually. Each award provides a monetary award for tuition and fees to Maryland and out-of-state students. Download application [pdf]
- Roger R. Cholin Award
Established by J.M. Cholin Consultants, Inc. The award is available to students majoring in fire protection engineering in good academic standing with financial need. The award is named in honor and memory of Roger R. Cholin, who devoted his working life to the advancement of fire protection through his leadership at Safety First Products, Corp. and later Firetek Corporation. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Philip L. DeCamara Jr. Memorial Award
Established by the American Fire Sprinkler Association to provide financial aid to an outstanding junior or senior student. The award is based on the student's character, leadership and academic excellence with a demonstrated personal commitment to the area of fire safety. The award provides an maximum of $4,000 toward the payment of tuition and fees to Maryland and Out-of-State students. Applications are typically due by April 1st. See clse.org/scholarships.htm for more information.
- Frank J. Fee Jr. Award
Made possible by support from the National Fire Protection Association and Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company, this award will provide financial aid for an outstanding student or students enrolled in Fire Protection Engineering. The award is based on the student's academic record, fire protection interest, and academic potential. The award provides a maximum of $5,000.00 for tuition and fees to Maryland and Out-of-State students. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Robert M. Gagnon Centennial Scholarship
The Robert M. Gagnon Centennial Scholarship is an annual award for Junior or Senior fire protection engineering students. Candidates must satisfactorily complete ENFP 255 and demonstrate outstanding skill and interest in fire protection systems design. Two $500 awards are given annually. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Dr. Harry E. Hickey Scholarship
In honor of Dr. Harry E. Hickey, alumni, friends and former students donated to establish this scholarship that will support an undergraduate or graduate fire protection engineering student who have interest in teaching or educating others about fire protection engineering. Preference will be given to students with fire service experience. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Honeywell Fire Solutions Group Scholarships
Two $2,500 scholarships are available to fire protection engineering students in their 3rd, or 4th years with a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The scholarships are funded by Honeywell Fire Solutions Group. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- The James O. Grendahl Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Mr. and Mrs. E. Grendahl in memory of their son. This scholarship is intended to assist outstanding students in fire protection engineering. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- JENSEN HUGHES Award
Established by JENSEN HUGHES to provide financial aid to support the academic expenses of students. The award is based on the academic performance, outstanding achievement, communication capabilities and demonstration of potential in developing engineering solutions. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Kemper Insurance Companies Endowed Undergraduate Grants in Fire Protection Engineering
Established to be used toward enhancing the Fire Protection Engineering Department's ability to recruit the very best first and second year students into the program. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit and expressed interest in fire protection engineering. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Richard G. Gewain/JENSEN HUGHES Scholarship
Sponsored by JENSEN HUGHES and awarded to Fire Protection Engineering undergraduate students. JENSEN HUGHES is pleased to provide an annual scholarship in honor of Richard Gewain that is based on academic performance, outstanding achievement and demonstration of potential in developing engineering solutions. Dick Gewain was a leader in the field of fire protection and fire resistance of construction and materials. What separated Dick from his contemporaries was his ability to transfer scientific and test data into practical engineering guidelines and solutions. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Terp Start
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Greater Atlanta Chapter offers scholarships to qualified applicants studying fire protection engineering or engineering technology. As part of the Chapter’s University Award program, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified applicants enrolled in the Fire Protection Engineering/Technology programs at University of Maryland (UMD), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Oklahoma State University (OSU), and other qualified colleges and universities. For more information, please visit the SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter website.
- Charles D. Watts, Jr. Memorial Fund
This fund was created in memoriam to support undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering students on the basis of scholastic achievement and financial need. Students should be in their freshman or sophomore years and complete the Engineering Scholarship Application.
- Robert Young Memorial Fund
Supported by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, the Robert Young Memorial Fund is for students enrolled in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering who demonstrate a combination of academic merit and financial need, as selected by the Department Scholarship committee. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
Scholarships offered by outside entities:
- A.L. Brown Award
Established by the New England Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from New England.
- Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings Scholarship
The CCHRB offers a scholarship to students at any college or university with an alumnus who serves as a member of the CCHRB. This scholarship supports students with a $5000 annual gift. Undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply, but should have at least one (preferably two) semesters remaining prior to graduation. Deadline is usually in early December. Visit cchrb.org/Scholarship.html for more information and to apply.
- Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement Program
Encourages members of the fire-fighting, ambulence, and rescue organizations serving Maryland communities to pursue credited courses that lead to a degree in fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor or concentration in fire service technology or fire service management.
- Chicago Chapter SFPE Award
Created by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The Chapter will give a max of $3000/semester. Preference is given to Chicago metro applicants.
- Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) Educational Foundation Scholarship
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 are awarded by the FSSA Educational Foundation to students who plan to enroll in a fire suppression technology program at an accredited two year or four year technical school, college or university in North America. Consideration will be given to the degree in which the career choice would have an application to the fire suppression industry. An application is typically due July 1st.
- James R. O'Neil Award
Established by the New York–New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from the metropolitan New York City area. Applications received by July 15 will be considered for the fall semester. Applications received by January 15 will be considered for the spring semester.
- John D. Cook III Award
Established by the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities.The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from the chapter area. Applications are due by March 1st.
- Maryland State Firemen's Association (MSFA) Awards
Created by the Maryland State Firemen's Association to provide a minimum of one four-year scholarship award each year for a resident of the State of Maryland enrolled in Fire Protection Engineering. The award is for tuition and fees. The award is based on high school record, character, and fire protection interest of candidates. For more information, visit www.msfa.org/content/scholarship. Application deadlines are typically in mid-April. An application is available at: www.msfa.org/content/scholarship/file/MSFA_Scholarship_Application_final.pdf
- National Scholarships
National scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that provide opportunities and support for many different experiences, including study abroad, graduate study (and sometimes undergraduate study also), federal employment, teaching, research, and public service.To search national scholarships, visit the University of Maryland National Scholarships Office.
- Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship (Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association [FAMA])
FAMA has offered one (1) $5000 scholarship to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student registered in a four-year fire protection engineering program or in a full-time master’s degree program in fire protection engineering. An application packet is required that should be submitted directly to FAMA. Applications are typically due by June 1st.
- Salamander Scholarship Award
This award is given to both undergraduate and graduate students from the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) Department. The scholarship was established to award students for their exemplary dedication to academics as well as service to the FPE Department and it is merit-based. These scholarships are funded by the generous donations of alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends of the department. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Salamander Scholarship Award will be due May 6th. Please download and complete the application (.doc).
- SFPE Chesapeake Chapter Engineering Scholarship
The SFPE Chesapeake Chapter is pleased to provide an annual scholarship award in support of an undergraduate student enrolled in the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering who will have junior or senior academic standing at the time the scholarship is applied. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- SFPE Greater St. Louis Chapter Engineering Scholarship
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Scholarship-Greater St. Louis Chapter is open to all engineering disciplines, with preferred experience or interest in some type of fire protection field. Examples of fire protection fields would include being a volunteer firefighter, working with a fire protection company, an insurance company that deals with fire protection or safety issues, or fire alarm/emergency notification. Eligibility: Full time student with minimum 60 credit hours completed by June q in an accredited engineering curriculum at B.S. or M.S. level. Applications must be postmarked by April 15. Applications are due each year on April 15. Contact: email@example.com or visit www.sfpe-stl.org/scholarships.html for more info.
- SFPE Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
Completed applications must be received by March 1. Applicants must bt or have been a resident of the geographical area served by the PDVC. More information on this and other eligiblity requirements can be found in the applicaiton on the chapter's web site.
- SFPE Rocky Mountain Chapter
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Scholarship-Rocky Mountain Chapter is open to Colorado students considering a career in the field of Fire Protection Engineering. Applications must be submitted by April 10, with scholarships to be awarded at the SFPE RMC Symposium. Dowload the application here (PDF). Applicants permanently reside in Colorado or are enrolled as a full time student in a college/university located in Colorado or have graduated from a Colorado high school within the past 5 years.
- SFPE Tennessee Valley Chapter
The Tennessee Valley Chapter, Society of Fire Protection Engineers would like to consider FPE students for the John D. Hoogesteger Memorial Scholarship. Applications are due on April 30. Follow this link to complete the online application.
- Smart Service Scholarship
Smart Service awards $1,000 twice each year (spring and fall) to students entering into, or continuing their education in, skilled trades education and training programs. Review the eligibility requirements, complete an online application and submit a short video (or written) essay. The deadline for fall 2017 is March 17, 2017. The recipient will be announced on April 20. Funds will be paid directly to the University.
- Wells Fund Scholarship
Established by The Wells Fund, a component of the Prince George’s Community Foundation, to support students enrolled in the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering program. The award is available to Maryland residents, with special preference for residents of Prince George’s County. Up to three scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded annually. Scholarships may be awarded to incoming freshmen as well as upper classmen enrolled in the undergraduate program. Scholarship awards are based upon academic performance and financial need as determined by the University’s financial aid criteria. Applying students are expected to demonstrate a 2.5 grade point average or better. Contact Nicole Hollywood if you are interested in being considered. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
- Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD)
This program is open to members of Emergency Services organizations such as Fire & Rescue Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management Agencies, Homeland Security, members of the U.S. active duty military, and National Guard who has an emergency preparedness and response job description; e.g. firefighter, medic, disaster preparedness, etc. Annual awards are approximately $2,500 each. Special awards of greater value may be issued for leadership development related projects proposed by individuals or groups. Awards are in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, Emergency Medical Technician Donald E. Sellers, and Chief John M. Eversole. To request an application go to www.yld.org and click on “Request an Application”.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nicole Hollywood
Department of Fire Protection Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-3031
Dept. Phone: 301-405-3992
Direct Phone: 301-405-3994