Arthur E. Cote Scholarship

NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Scholarship Program ON HOLD

NFPA believes that timing is propitious for us to take a closer look at the overall process and to review and revamp the program in a way to make it more robust, increasing awareness and participation. We have decided to put the 2015 NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Scholarship Program ON HOLD while we evaluate. Our intent is to launch a new and improved program of support in the future. We will continue to keep you informed on the status of the program. 

The Arthur E. Cote Scholarship was established to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in fire protection engineering. 

There will be a minimum of one scholarship per year of at least $5,000 (USD). Monies will be awarded to one or more undergraduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs in either the United States or Canada.

A college or university shall be permitted to nominate one or two full- or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in a fire protection engineering program who exhibit the following:

  1. Scholarship achievement
  2. Leadership qualities
  3. Concern for others/volunteerism
  4. Intention to pursue a career in fire safety engineering

If nominated by his/her college or university, the applicant must complete an application, and write a letter to the committee addressing the qualifications noted above and stating his/her qualifications and achievements in each of these areas. Each applicant must submit in English a legible copy of his/her undergraduate academic transcripts with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The application, nominations, applicants' letters recommendation, and transcripts must reach the committee no later than April 1. Scholarship awards will be announced July 1, and distribution of funds will be made on September 1.

About Mr. Cote
On December 13, 2006, the National Fire Protection Association announced the establishment of the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship. The scholarship was established to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in fire protection engineering.

Arthur Cote dedicated his career to the fire protection engineering community and is well known nationally and internationally. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in fire sprinkler protection and technology. Prior to his retirement, Cote served as Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) overseeing ten operating divisions.

Mr. Cote’s commitment to the standards-making process began upon graduation from the University of Maryland in 1965, when he accepted a position at the New Hampshire Board of Fire Underwriters inspecting and evaluating fire protection in industrial properties. His knowledge and enthusiasm were evident first at a major insurance company, where he assisted in the development of fire protection training programs and conducted training programs for field engineers, and then as vice president and chief engineer at an automatic sprinkler company, responsible for the engineering activities of the corporation. In 1977, Art joined NFPA with responsibility for technical oversight and special projects; a 29-year commitment that continued until his retirement in December 2006.

A significant milestone in Mr. Cote’s career was his service as project manager for the NFPA/USFA Residential Sprinkler Test Program. This landmark initiative led to the development of residential and quick response sprinklers and was the cornerstone for the technical development of NFPA 13D. During his tenure at NFPA, Mr. Cote also had management responsibility for NFPA codes and standards development at a time that had seen major improvements in automatic sprinkler thresholds in nursing homes, nightclub assembly occupancies and, most notably, new one- & two-family dwellings.

Mr. Cote has authored numerous articles and publications; he has served as Editor-in-Chief for the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th editions of the Fire Protection Handbook; he co-authored, with the late Percy Bugbee, the 2nd edition of Principles of Fire Protection and is Editor-in-Chief to Fundamentals of Fire Protection (the successor to Principles of Fire Protection). In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Cote also served on the board of the American National Standards Institute and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

About the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
Since the founding of NFPA in 1896, numerous individuals have taken up its cause of fire safety, and exemplified the spirit of volunteerism. These dedicated fire safety professionals often contributed far beyond the norm because they personally believed in the protection of people, property and the environment from the effects of fire and related hazards.

The NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund was established in 1992 following the death of John Jablonsky, chair of the Standards Council, former member of the NFPA Board of Directors, and a respected advocate for life and fire safety. Because of his longtime dedication to the NFPA and the cause of fire safety, Mr. Jablonsky was the first person in whose memory donations to the fund were made. The Memorial Fund is administered by a committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors.

Scholarships/Gifts for the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
When sufficient funds are donated in the name of an individual to be honored, the NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee will seek to establish an appropriate scholarship or gift that recognizes the contributions of that person.

NFPA welcomes all contributions to the Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund, whether to honor a friend or family member or to commemorate one of life's milestones. Contributions are tax-deductible. Applications, contributions, and requests for information may be sent to:

Maureen Seastrand, Staff Liaison
NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA  02169-7471
Tel: +1 617 984-7244
Fax: +1 617 984-7110


Catherine Hamel
Catherine Hamel

2013 - Ms. Catherine Hamel is an undergraduate fire protection engineering student at the University of Maryland. As stated by her professors, Cara is a solid contributor and submits work of the highest caliber. Her interest in fire protection engineering has provided her with the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research projects focusing on the detection and suppression of stovetop fires in residential homes and is open to many different paths within the fire protection community including pursuing fire investigation and analysis. She plans to continue her education at the graduate level.

2012 - Sophia Wu, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 

2011 - Pamela Herald, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2010 - David Yates, University of Maryland, College park, MD

2009 - Justin Perry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2008 - Alyson Blair, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2007 - Allison Carey, University of Maryland, College Park, MD