Devin Bryant

Devin Bryant

Devin is a certified firefighter and EMT and currently works for the post office as a mail carrier. Devin is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in business. His goal to is to learn more about running a business so that he may start his own business after graduation.

Devin assists his fire department with the many fundraisers it takes to run a volunteer fire department and responds to fire related incidents as time allows. He desires to help people and children as he has been helped by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the scholarship committee and its partners.

Firefighter Dan Ramos states, “Devin is a very determined individual that succeeds in all he sets his mind to. He has overcome many obstacles in his life and wants to position himself to help others the way others have helped him.”. Adds Ceidra Mansfield, “Devin is very tenacious in all he does. He may not know this, but he shines very bright and draws people in. Devin has a strong desire to succeed.”

Devin’s previous scholarship was made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and ICMA-RC.

Kalee Brown

Kalee Brown

Kalee is currently employed as a 12th grade English Language Arts teacher with the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District. She teaches that education can be the ultimate equalizer and wants to demonstrate her belief in self-improvement and investing in oneself to her students and her family. Kalee will be enrolling to complete her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2022.

As a third-year teacher, Kalee serves as a sponsor and leader in various extracurricular activities. Serves as interim English department head and serves on six different district-level committees dedicated to adopting, writing, and improving the English curriculum.

Kalee wanted to show her family there is light at the end of the tunnel. She graduated in May 2018 with her bachelor’s degree then immediately moved home to be a caretaker for her mother, who passed one month later from stage 4 esophageal cancer. Kalee states, “no matter the loss, there is always a reason to push forward and continue to chase after life and happiness.”

Kalee’s previous scholarship was made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and ICMA-RC.