2015 NVFC-Columbia Southern University Scholarships Application Period Now Open

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) have partnered for the seventh year to offer two scholarships to NVFC members to help them achieve their educational goals. Two recipients will each receive a $12,600 (or up to three years) scholarship to attend CSU, a premier online university offering an array of degree programs including fire science. Submit your application by September 15.

“We are excited to work with CSU again to provide this scholarship opportunity to more NVFC members,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “The online degree format provided by CSU allows busy volunteers the opportunity to further their learning when and where it’s convenient. The scholarships that CSU has generously provided will make it even more accessible for two outstanding applicants to achieve their educational goals. We appreciate CSU’s ongoing support of the NVFC and the nation’s volunteer fire service.”

To be eligible to apply for the NVFC-CSU Scholarship, applicants must be a current member of the NVFC and have obtained a high school diploma or GED. If you are not an NVFC member, you can sign up today at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest. Each scholarship covers tuition for up to $12,600 during up to three consecutive years towards one of CSU’s online degree programs.

In addition to the scholarship opportunity, all NVFC members and their spouses and children are eligible to receive a 10 percent tuition discount and waived application fee to CSU. Take advantage of this benefit at www.columbiasouthern.edu/nvfc. NVFC members and their families can also receive a 10 percent discount to Waldorf College, a regionally-accredited sister school to CSU that offers both on-campus and online programs of study.

CSU is a premier online university for distance learning, offering a wide range of accredited degree programs, open enrollment, and a flexible schedule designed to accommodate the busy life of a volunteer firefighter or EMT. Students can choose from online associate, bachelor's, master's, or certificate programs in a variety of fields including fire science, business administration, criminal justice administration, human resource management, and more. The open enrollment or term enrollment options help busy individuals balance career, family commitments, and fire service responsibilities while still working towards their degree.

Click here to apply for the scholarship today. Learn more at www.columbiasouthern.edu. Find out more about the NVFC at www.nvfc.org.