Information provided by CCAC.
Allegheny County Council recently honored graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program for their achievements and service to the community.
Allegheny County volunteer firefighters can join the program and receive full scholarships to CCAC by committing to serve with a volunteer fire department for the next five years. The application submission deadline for the spring term is Nov. 15.
A partnership between CCAC and Allegheny County, the FireVEST program provides scholarships to residents of Allegheny County who are either current volunteers or who join a volunteer fire department in Allegheny County.
Scholarship recipients can choose any CCAC degree program; must apply and be accepted to CCAC; file for federal and state financial aid; and complete the financial aid process on time and in its entirety.
More than 220 Allegheny County volunteer firefighters have participated in the program since January 2009. Recent graduates majored in programs such as fire science administration, criminal justice and criminology, homeland security, liberal arts and sciences, business and nursing.
Recent CCAC graduates who received the FireVEST scholarships were honored at the Sept. 24 regular meeting of the Allegheny County Council. Graduates include:
- Jake Ballard, Wexford VFD
- Derek Carlins, Kennedy Township VFD
- Johnathan Colaizzi, Turtle Creek VFD
- Thomas Dailey, Monroeville VFC #4
- Bryan Gray, Neville Island VFD
- Michael Harris, Broughton VFD
Glenn Kopec Jr., Unity VFC #1
- Warren Kutcher, Penn Hills VFC #7
- Terry Lane, Mt. Lebanon VFD
- Adam McKnight, Renton VFC #2
- Adam Palmer, Monroeville VFC #4
- David Reed, Monroeville VFC #1
- Jeffrey Stakich, Dormont VFD
- Anthony Verduce, Ohio Township VFD
- Megan Wichelmann, West Mifflin VFC #3
Applications for the FireVEST program are available at www.ccac.edu, search keyword “FireVEST” or by contacting the Allegheny County Fire Academy at 412-931-3158, ext. 5.
If awarded a scholarship, the recipient must serve as a volunteer firefighter for five years in Allegheny County and meet other certain obligations.