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Purpose and Intent
The purpose of the James R. O'Neil/W. Robert Powers (JRO/WRP) Scholarship Program (hereinafter referred to as "the Scholarship") is to promote the field of fire protection engineering and fire protection engineering technology by providing financial assistance primarily to those individuals not currently employed therein.
Preference for the purposes of this Scholarship is to be given to those aspiring toward baccalaureate programs and as listed in the order of priority below.
Scholarship Fund and Awards
Scholarship award(s) of up to $7,500 each year per full-time student in a B.S. Fire Protection Engineering program, and up to $5,000 each year per full-time student in a Graduate Fire Protection Engineering program, and up to $5,000 each year per full-time student in a B.S. Fire Protection Engineering Technology program may be granted by the Joint James R. O'Neil/W. Robert Powers Scholarship Committee (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee") to selected students demonstrating high academic achievement.
Awards would be presented in two 50% portions, on a per semester basis, after the posting of official grades.
Eligibility and Selection
Applicants selected shall have a permanent primary residence (not school address) from one of the following counties:
Note: Applicants from outside the areas listed above could also be considered; however, applicants from the above areas shall have precedence.
Applicants shall be considered in accordance with the following priority:
Existing award recipients shall be given consideration over new applicants.
The evaluation of applicants shall be primarily based on academic performance, as well as an interest and understanding of the field of fire protection engineering. Applicants shall possess and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0), or the fractional equivalent thereof, except in the case of extraordinary circumstance and where specifically exempted by the Committee. Applicants not meeting this requirement may have the balance of their scholarship award forfeited.
Applicants shall be required to complete a facsimile of the Scholarship Application delivering the same to the Committee for consideration. The application may be modified within the intent and spirit of this Resolution by the Committee, as needed. Applications shall be distributed to all committee members by the committee Chairman.
The Committee shall review all current scholarships and applications as needed.
Awards would be available for each individual academic year up to a total of four years for baccalaureate degrees. Where determined appropriate by the Committee (e.g. in the case where a first priority candidate is not available, or where a second priority candidate shows exemplary achievement or potential), awards of up to two years for Associates, Master's or advanced degrees may be considered.
Recipients shall be required to restate their request and update their application for the Scholarship each year by providing an update on their associated activities.
Applications received by July 15 will be considered for the fall semester. Applications received by January 15 will be considered for the spring semester.