Other scholarships

In addition to the scholarships, awards, and grants administered by NFPA, the Association funds scholarships for students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Maryland, and Oklahoma State University.

Percy Bugbee Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship awarded to a fire protection engineering student who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and intent to perform a thesis or graduate project activity aimed at improving fire protection engineering methods.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280
+1 508 831-5000

The recipient of the 2012/2013 Percy Bugbee Scholarship is Gregory E. Gorbett. Greg is in his second year of his PhD program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He holds a B.S. in Forensic Science, and a B.S. in Fire Science, and successfully completed his M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI in 2010. Professionally, Greg has worked as a Fire and Explosion Analyst, and a Fire and Explosion Investigator. Greg is actively involved in the application of fire protection engineering towards forensic fire scene reconstruction. Greg holds certification as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), as well as certification as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association. Currently his studies include the development and assessment of a decision support framework for enhancing the forensic analysis and interpretation of fire patterns.

Greg Gorbett


Frank J. Fee Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship awarded to students enrolled in fire protection engineering based on the student's academic record, fire protection interest, and academic potential.
University of Maryland

Department of Fire Protection Engineering
College Park, MD 20742-3031
+1 301 405-3992

The second recipient of the 2012/2013 Frank J. Fee Scholarship is Zachary Tran Jeffrey. He is currently a senior in Fire Protection Engineering and has thoroughly enjoyed his time in the department since he joined in his second semester of freshman year. As his senior year progresses, he looks forward to more challenging classes and graduating in the Spring. After graduation, Zach plans to continue his education in Fire Protection at the University of Maryland through the 5 year B.S./M.S. Program. As for a future career, he hopes to get involved with fire research or fire investigation. Currently, Zach is working with FireTEC, Fire Protection Engineering’s research lab, and with Koffel Associates. He is also involved with the UMD Chapter of SFPE and Salamander, the honorary Fire Protection Engineering Fraternity. In addition, he is a member of the University of Maryland Ultimate Frisbee team and was one of the captains of the B-Team for the 2011-2012 season.

Zachary Tran Jeffrey

The first recipient of the 2012/2013 Frank J. Fee Scholarship is Christine Pongratz. She is a senior at the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering studying Fire Protection Engineering. She also has a minor in International engineering, and traveled to Australia in January 2012 where she enrolled in a study abroad course involving business, engineering, and her keen interest in performance-based design. Over the summer, Christine interned at ARUP, in Cambridge Massachusetts. This year she was elected President of the Salamander Fire Protection Engineering Honorary Society, and is also a teaching assistant for the sophomore Fire Protection Engineering course titled, Life Safety Analysis. Aside from school, she enjoys playing volleyball, and has been a part of the University of Maryland woman’s club team since her freshman year. She also is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and is active on the philanthropy committee.

Christine Pontgratz

Charles S. Morgan Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship awarded to a student in the four-year fire protection and safety engineering technology program.
Oklahoma State University

Center for Academic Services
213 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078-7047
+1 405 744-7541

The 2012/2013 Charles Morgan Scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Tyler Reid, Oklahoma State University. Tyler is in the Fire Protection and Safety Technology (FPST) program at the University and will graduate in December 2013. During the academic year, his time is solely devoted to his studies. However, over the past few years, his summer break has afforded him the opportunity to work at Marathon Oil as an industrial hygiene intern and at Lockheed Martin as a safety intern. Both of these internships have provided him with hands on experience for his future endeavors. Tyler emphasized that the scholarship has reduced the financial burden which most students face and he is very appreciative of NFPA for providing assistance in pursuing his education in FPST. His future plans include furthering his education by pursuing a career in the energy field and plans to obtain a masters degree in occupational safety and industrial hygiene along with becoming a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Tyler Reid
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471 USA
Telephone: +1 617 770-3000 Fax: +1 617 770-0700