Seven students have been selected as recipients of the Future Firefighters February 2019 scholarships.
Award-winning retired firefighter and Founder of Future Firefighters, Roland Dykes said: “The Future Firefighters Board of Directors and myself thank all those who submitted scholarship applications. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians are part of the backbone of their communities. Here at Future Firefighters we consider it an honor to support some of those who wish to help others through the fire service.”
The Future Firefighters February 2019 Scholarship Recipients Are:
Jose Alberto Covarrubias, San Pedro, CA. Jose is a recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship at El Camino Fire Academy in Inglewood, CA. Jose states, “I have been pursuing my dream of becoming a firefighter for more than three years now. I began when I decided to become a Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer (Post 14) at the age of 17. After graduating from Port of Los Angeles High School, I enrolled in El Camino College with the intention of graduating with my Associates degree in Fire and Emergency Technology, and after this semester I will be achieving that goal. In the fall of 2017 I began my training as an Emergency Medical Technician and by December I was Nationally Registered. In the Spring of 2018 I became a member and volunteer with the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society restoring the retired Fire Boat 2 (Ralph J. Scott), and showing the community the Fire Museum in downtown San Pedro. In the summer of 2018 I became a recruit for the 61st LACoFD Explorer Academy and I soon graduated as the Valedictorian of my class.”
Juan Delgadillo, Santa Ana, California. Juan is a recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship at Santa Ana College. Juan states, “I was raised by a single mother of three. I know the meaning of what true sacrifice can indulge in an individual when given the right tools to succeed. This scholarship money is nothing short of a miracle for me. Thanks to the great support and thriving energy of Mr. Roland Dykes and all the great staff of Future Firefighters. I will be able to attend Santa Ana College’s 176th Fire Academy. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies and training, in and out of the academy, rather than figuring out when my next payment is due for my PPE, classes, books, transportation, etc. I’m beyond thankful and blessed to receive this scholarship money and I can’t wait to graduate and be the best Firefighter that I can be, not only for me and my loved ones, but for my community as well.”
Alexis Nicola, Orlando, FL. Alexis is the recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship to attend Valencia College, Orlando, FL. She states, “I’m so appreciative of Roland Dykes and the Future Firefighters organization for the opportunity of a lifetime. Being a recipient of this scholarship is an honor and represents another stepping stone towards my dreams of becoming a firefighter and serving my community. With this scholarship, I can further my education at Valencia College Fire Academy, and pursue my career as a firefighter. Thank you so much again for this opportunity!”
Michael Ryan Jr., Neversink, N.Y. Michael is the recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship to attend Sullivan County Community College, in Loch Sheldrake, NY. Michael states, “This scholarship will help me pay for part of my tuition as I attend Sullivan County Community College. I am majoring in Fire Science Technology. I am currently a full time student as well as volunteering for my local Fire department and EMS. I am currently working two jobs, one of which I am a paid EMT. My future plans are to attend SUNY Cobleskill for Paramedic.”
Rameau Sokoudjou, San Diego, CA. Rameau was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa and moved to San Diego in 2001. Rameau is the recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship to attend Heartland Fire Training in El Cajon, CA. “After being a professional MMA fighter for over 10 years, I have decided to make the transition to firefighting. There is an incredible amount of camaraderie, team work, and brotherhood among firefighters across the nation that can not be found in a whole lot of other professions out there. As their duties, firefighters help and protect the general public in emergency situations. Helping is something that has always been a big part of my life. As a kid, my mother always involved us in church activities, including helping the less fortunate and those in need.”
S.K. Tuhin, Jagotpura, Bangladesh. S.K. Tuhi is the recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship to attend the Bangladesh Fire Academy in Paducah, YK. S.K. states, “I want to build up my career in An educational foundation for the development of the nation through the advancement of the science and to contribute knowledge, skills and performance to benefit the growth of the country as well as the humanity.”
Maria Villafranca, San Antonio TX. Maria is the recipient of a Future Firefighters scholarship to attend San Antonio College. Maria states, “I am a high school senior that is aspiring to be a Firemedic. Currently, I’m taking an EMT class through my high school. Throughout my life I have searched for a career that allows me to serve others, be a part of a team, and constantly improve myself. I have been able to have a mentorship with my local department for two years. Over the previous two years I have been able to experience life as a firefighter and this confirmed that being a firefighter is definitely right for me! The scholarship I received will definitely aid me in my paramedic courses and cost. Once I have attained registration as a paramedic, I would like to attend the fire academy.”
Future Firefighters Scholarship
Future Firefighters offers scholarships in the winter and summer of each year. These scholarships are for firefighter training and Emergency Medical Services training and are open to candidates from around the world.
The recipients of Future Firefighters scholarships are based upon practical, hands-on activity, personal initiative and an ability to express oneself cogently, all skills that are necessary to professional firefighters.
Potential recipients are required to visit a local fire department, set up an interview with a firefighter and get the Fire Station Captain to confirm their visit.
Applicants are also required write an essay about “Why They Want To Become A Firefighter.”
Future Firefighters then verifies the applicant submissions with their local fire station’s captain, as well as the training facility of their choice.
Future Firefighters provides scholarships (age 17 and above) in four areas:
- Fire Academy training
- Paramedic training
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training
- Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
To learn more about Future Firefighter scholarships, visit the following link: FUTURE FIREFIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIPS.
To support Future Firefighter scholarships, please visit “DONATE TO FUTURE FIREFIGHTERS.”