Scholarships 2021-2022

2021-2022 NFFF Scholarship Applications Accepted Online

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s scholarship programs, enable spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of our fallen firefighters pursue their educational and career goals. Apply by March 1, 2021.
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Find Other Educational Assistance

In addition to the Foundation’s scholarships, families of fallen firefighters may be eligible for educational assistance from other programs. Please contact these agencies and organizations directly for more information.
» PSOEA Program | State Benefits | W. H. McClennan Scholarship | 9/11 Promise Scholarships | Other Programs

Thank you for awarding me the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Scholarship and helping me pursue my desire for a college education. With your help, I will be able to accomplish my dream of becoming a civil engineer. I hope to make the NFFF proud.

A Look Back at Our 2020 Fire Hero Family Programs

New Beginnings, New Approaches

New Beginnings, New Approaches

We can all agree that 2020 was a year like none we have ever seen. The COVID pandemic brought collective loss and separation. Despite this additional challenge, we have worked to develop new approaches to help our community. Indeed, the ability to adapt to new circumstances is at the core of resilience and post-traumatic growth.

Firefighter Hero Award

NFFF and Maglite Honors Novato Firefighter/ Paramedic Nicole Scott with the Firefighter Hero Award

On January 13, 2021, Novato Fire Protection District Firefighter/Paramedic Nicole Scott received the Firefighter Hero Award for her leadership in addressing the behavioral health of firefighters. The Firefighter Hero Award program is a joint effort between MAGLITE® and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The program periodically honors single firefighters, groups, or whole departments for extraordinary commitment to upholding excellence in firefighting and related activities.

Nominations Now Open for 2021 Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award

In appreciation for Art’s achievements, the NFFF has created the Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award to recognize exceptional service to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Nominations are being accepted now through January 15, 2021.

Arthur J. Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award

Honor a Hero on the Walk of Honor®

This October, we pay tribute to the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty while serving their communities as part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. These men and women will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October 2021. You can join us in honoring a hero on our Walk of Honor® in National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park by placing a brick in their memory.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending more information on this national emergency, we ask for your patience and understanding.


Memorial Monday – Louisville Recreation Center Fire

Three firefighters were killed in a roof collapse after a backdraft occurred at a Louisville recreation center fire on December 17, 1960.

National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program

The National First Responder Covid-19 Grant Relief Program has been established to provide financial support to first responders and their families in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This micro-grant application will be open until funding is no longer available.

Remembering Senator Paul Sarbanes

As a five-term U.S. Senator, Paul Sarbanes paved for the way for Congress to create the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in 1992. Previously, Senator Sarbanes helped secure the location for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Watch the 2020 Virtual Fire Hero Family Tree Lighting

Each year the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation decorates holiday trees in memory of all fallen firefighters. These beautiful trees are on display in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, featuring ornaments from the families and departments of America’s Fire Heroes from around the country.


Apply for a NFFF 2021-2022 Scholarship

January 1 – March 1, 2021
Apply Online

The Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and step-children of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
» Apply for a 2021-2022 Scholarship

Men Forging Ahead Chili Bowl

January 23, 2021 3:00 – 4:30 pm (EST)

Shake off the winter, maybe 2020, or anything else, join the NFFF’s Eric Nagle and the men in the Fire Hero Family community to warm up with a bowl of chili!

Facilitated Support Group

January 19, 2021 8:00 pm (EST)
On Zoom

Families can participate in a virtual support group through Zoom! This facilitated virtual support group, hosted by psychologist Dr. Angela Moreland, is for those who do not have a strong support system in place and are struggling with grief, the pandemic/quarantine, or both. To sign up for a group, please E-mail Erin by the Sunday before group.

2021 National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium

May 25 – 26, 2021
Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles – Chantilly, VA

The 2021 National Fire Service Behavioral Health Symposium will allow researchers to deliver the latest information that science regarding behavioral health in the fire service. It will also help disseminate best practices, giving attendees actionable information that they can use at the department level.