Scholarships awarded to fire safety students by NFPA

Published on July 26, 2007

July 26, 2007 – Four students have been selected to receive scholarships from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund based on their academic achievement, leadership abilities, contributions to fire safety activities and pursuit of careers in fire safety. 

Nicholas Eschner, a senior at Oklahoma State Universitypursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Technology, is the recipient of the George D. Miller Scholarship. Established in 2002, the scholarship was created in tribute to NFPA’s former president and chief executive officer. Eschner has been a volunteer firefighter/EMT during his summer breaks and intends to have a career either in the local or national level of the fire service. The Miller Scholarship provides assistance to students in fire service or public administration programs in the United States or Canada.

Stephen Petit, joining the Masters Degree program in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Marylandin September, was awarded the John L. Jablonsky Scholarship. The scholarship aids graduate students in fire protection engineering programs in the United States and Canada. Petit served as an active volunteer firefighter while an undergraduate at Clarkson University and will be working at the Center for Firefighter Safety Research and Development at the University of Marylandthis fall. The John J. Jablonsky Scholarship is named in honor of the former insurance company executive who served on the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. Jablonsky held several positions with NFPA including Standards Council chair, and he is a recipient of NFPA’s highest honor, the Paul C. Lamb Award.

Daniel Nilsson, currently pursuing doctoral studies in Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, was awarded the Memorial Fund’s David B. Gratz Scholarship, established for students enrolled in fire science or engineering programs outside of the United States or Canada.Nilsson conducts research in fire evacuation and human behavior, concentrating on how exit guidance influences choices in emergency situations and social influence during evacuation. The scholarship is named in honor of Chief Gratz, the first career fire chief of Silver Springs, Marylandand former director of the Montgomery County, Md., Department of Fire and Rescue Services. He was instrumental in initiating the fire science program at Montgomery College, where he served as an adjunct professor. Gratz was NFPA’s first executive director for international operations, serving in the position for 22 years.

Allison Carey, an undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering student at the University of Maryland, was chosen as the first recipient of the Arthur E. Cote Scholarship, which was established upon Cote ’s retirement from NFPA in 2006 to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in fire protection engineering. Last semester, Carey worked on an alternative fuel project sponsored by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, and will be involved in similar projects in the future.

“As a graduate of the University of Maryland FPE program, I am very pleased that the first Arthur E. Cote Scholarship has been awarded to Allison Carey from the University of Maryland,” said Arthur E. Cote. “Allison is not only an excellent scholar but she is also an energetic student leader.”

Prior to his retirement in December 2006, Cote served as Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer at the NFPA, overseeing ten operating divisions. Cote was project manager for the NFPA/USFA Residential Sprinkler Test Program, a landmark initiative that led to the development of residential and quick response sprinklers.

The Memorial Fund is administered by a committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors. Each scholarship is $5,000.

Applications for NFPA scholarships and contributions to the Fire Safety Educational Fund can 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: +1 617 984-7222.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.