John L. Jablonsky Scholarship

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

Qualifications
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

Applicants
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 and graduate 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. Jablonsky
A person of unshakable integrity, John L. Jablonsky possessed a rare touch of fair play and justice and was quick to stand up for his convictions. Sensitive to the needs and rights of others, he was always willing to share his time and talents. He was a natural leader with both a rare ability to penetrate to the heart of problems and unusual self control. The world is a safer place because of the enthusiasm and untiring efforts of Mr. Jablonsky. It is hoped that this fund will inspire others to plan careers that include the sharing of time and talents in service to mankind.

Mr. Jablonsky was born in New York City on May 28, 1932, and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University. He then served two years as assistant installations engineer and fire fighting superintendent with the Strategic Air Command.

In 1954, Mr. Jablonsky joined the staff of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, which later became the American Insurance Association. He served in several capacities before being named vice president of their engineering and safety services in 1978. He continued to serve with that title in their subsidiary, American Insurance Services Group, Inc. until his death on March 25, 1992.

In 1970, Mr. Jablonsky was appointed by President Nixon to the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, which has been credited with raising the nation's fire consciousness and bringing about the development and widespread use of home fire detectors. He wrote and lectured extensively on building construction and fire and accident prevention. He served for over thirty years in numerous capacities for the NFPA. In 1987, he received the Association's highest honor, the Paul C. Lamb Award and, at the time of his death, was chairman of the Standards Council. Mr. Jablonsky also served on various committees of many other national and international fire, building, and codes and standards organizations and was a fellow of 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.

Memorials/Contributions
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: Melinda Collins
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471
Phone: +1 617 984-7290

Recipients

 Christine Pomgratz
Christine Pongratz

2013 - Mr. Christine Pongratz graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland and plans to continue as a graduate student in the Fall at the University. She was selected to assist the professors at Maryland on a research project funded by ASHRAE to investigate methods to increase make-up air velocity for atrium smoke control using FDS. Christine served as president of the Salamander Society at Maryland and her leadership and contribution inspired many students to join the fire protection engineering community. She looks forward to discovering new opportunities available to her in the field of fire protection engineering either in the US or abroad.

2012 - Justin Biller, San Luis Obispo, CA

2011 - Richard Emberley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

2010 - Bryant Hendrickson, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2009 - Greg Gorbett, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

2008 - Haiwen “Heaven” Ding, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2007 - Stephen Petit, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2006 - Nicholas Ozog, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2005 - Jessica A. Kratchman, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2004 – Stephen I. Kerber, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2003 – Daniel Biro, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2002 – James Ierardi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2001 – Erica Kulegowski, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

2000 – Steven Wolin, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

1999 – Phillip Friday, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

1998 – Dana Haagensen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

1997 – Neil Wu, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

1996 – Steven Hill, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

1995 – Richard Pehrson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

1994 – Richard Pehrson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

1993 – Richard Pehrson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA