A number of scholarships are available to students enrolled in the FPE program, including those listed below, not all of which are necessarily given each year. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships MUST complete the A. James Clark School of Engineering Scholarships Application EACH YEAR. Students who do not complete the application will not automatically be considered for these awards.  More information regarding scholarships also offered by the Clark School can be found at scholarships.eng.umd.edu/scholarships.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fire Protection Engineering Pioneer Scholarship
    Established to honor the pioneers who contributed to the evolution of the discipline of fire protection engineering.  The scholarship is available to juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in Fire Protection Engineering who support gender diversity.  Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
  • 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.
  • 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 has 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.
  • Dr. James A. Milke Endowed Scholarship in Fire Protection Engineering
    This award is given to undergraduate students in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. The award is based on merit for those undergraduate fire protection engineering students exhibiting a passion for fire protection engineering. Dr. Milke is a past chair and alumnus of the department. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
  • 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.
  • Josephine Heimer Scholarship
    This scholarship was created as the result of a bequest from Josephine "Jo" Heimer. An independent, working woman all her life, Jo was employed during World War II as an electrical technician, a true "Rosie the Riveter." Jo was an active member of the Maryland State Fireman's Association where her husband, Floyd, was recognized in their Hall of Fame. Preference for this scholarship is given to juniors and seniors who participate in a volunteer fire/rescue or EMS company. Complete the Engineering Scholarship Application to apply.
  • Karen Kretschmann Scholarship
    Established by FPE alumna, Karen Kretschmann, who enrolled in the program as an out-of-state student, Karen thrived in the close-knit family atmosphere in fire protection engineering and has utilized the technical skills she gained in the program throughout her adult career. The endowed scholarship will support a fire protection engineering student based on merit, with preference for students who are entering the program from out of state.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Philip L. DeCamara Jr. Memorial Award
    The Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE), the educational affiliate of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has established an endowed scholarship that will annually support a rising junior or senior student in the Department: the Philip L. De Camara, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Philip L. De Camara, Jr., after graduating from UMD in 1962, assumed the position of executive vice president of Central Sprinkler Corporation in Lansdale, Pa. and later president of De Camara Fire Protection Products in Ivyland, Pa. De Camara was a tireless fire sprinkler advocate and continually gave back to the industry working to further the cause. Mrs. Therese De Camara began the Philip L. De Camara, Jr. Memorial scholarship with the assistance of Dr. John 'Prof' Bryan and the AFSA. Mrs. De Camara managed the scholarship process for more than 20 years and in a former component of the scholarship, the in person interview, shared her husband's story which intertwined with the fire sprinkler and fire/life safety industry. 
  • 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.
  • Robert C. Byrus Memorial Fund
    In memory of Robert C. Byrus, 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Northeast Ohio Scholarhip
    Established by the leadership of the SFPE Northeast Ohio Chapter, this scholarship will be given to a student enrolled as an undergraduate in the Fire Protection Engineering Department at UMD. The student may be at any level in the undergraduate program and should be in good academic standing, demonstrating passion and commitment for the Department.
  • 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 Scholarship
    Encourages members of the firefighting, ambulance, 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/W. Robert Powers Scholarship Award (SFPE NY/NJ)
    Established by the New York–New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). 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, preferably for a student whose primary residence is in the metropolitan NJ/NY City area. Applicaitons may only be recieved between June 1 and August 1. PDF iconDownload an application.
  • 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.
  • SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Scholarship
    The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Greater Atlanta Chapter offers scholarships to qualified applicants studying fire protection engineering or engineering technology.  $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified applicants enrolled at accredited and other qualified colleges and universities.  Students *do not* need to be from the south-east or Georgia.  All are welcome to apply, including graduate students.  Deadline for application is February 28th each year.  For more information and the application, please visit the SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter scholarship website.
  • 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 1 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: scholarship.stlsfpe@gmail.com or visit www.sfpe-stl.org/scholarships.html for more info.
  • SFPE Northern California-Nevada Chapter Bendix Williamson Scholarship
    The Northern California-Nevada Chapter of SFPE announces the Bendix-Williamson scholarship offering. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote interest and public awareness of the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering, and to encourage study for a career related to Fire Protection Engineering.  Candidates should be a permanent resident or have the intent to relocate to the geographic area served by the NCN-SFPE Chapter. *Students having accepted or previously participated in internships in the Northern California-Nevada area may also apply. See website for details. More than one scholarship may be awarded and are typically in the range of $1,500-$2,000, depending on the number and quality of applications received.  Application deadline is March 31st.
  • SFPE Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
    Completed applications must be received by March 1. Applicants must be 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 application 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 Society of Fire Protection Engineers Tennessee Valley Chapter  would like to consider FPE students for the John D. Hoogesteger Memorial Scholarship. Applications are due on March 31. 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 recipient will be announced on April 20. Funds will be paid directly to the University. 
  • Society for Standards Professionals (SES) Scholarship Program
    Established in 2017, applications are welcome from full-time undergraduate or graduate students, who are currently enrolled in a University and use Standards in their school curriculum. The application deadline is May 1. Awards will be announced July 1, and students will receive their funds ($1k) at the annual SES conference in August.
  • 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 (nlholly@umd.edu) 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:

Nicole Hollywood FPE

Nicole Hollywood

Associate Director of Student Services
Dept. Phone: 301-405-3992
Direct Phone: 301-405-3994
Fax: 301-405-9383
E-mail: nlholly@umd.edu