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:
If nominated by his/her college or university, the applicant must complete an application (PDF, 31 KB) 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:
NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund
Attention: Christine Ellis
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471
Phone: +1 617 984-7244
Fax: +1 617 984-7110
2012 - Sophia Wu is the recipient of the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship and is an undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering student at the University of Maryland just completing her junior year. As stated by her professors, Sophia is a highly talented individual and has made valuable contributions to the department. Her interest in Fire Protection Engineering began as a result of her high school senior class project where she studied the collapse of the World Trade Center, the role these engineers had in determining the cause and how to prevent similar catastrophes in the future. This project was also a realization that the engineering field is not only about fighting fires but also protecting people and property from similar tragedies. For the past three years Sophia has interned in the Fire Division Engineering Labs at NIST and sees her immediate career goals working with elevator research and making them fire proof to allow evacuation during fire situations. She plans to continue her education at the graduate level in Fire Protection Engineering.
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,