Breann Geringer

Breann Geringer

Breann graduated with her A.A. degree with no debt. She attributes this to the Sarbanes Scholarships program and how it held her accountable academically. Breann will be transferring to the University of Colorado, Denver to complete her B.A. in Education and become an Elementary school teacher.

After losing her father at age 8, she helped take care of her younger siblings and she thinks she will be able to carry these lessons over to be an inspirational teacher. Breann is currently working full-time as a Paraprofessional at an Elementary school. When not working or studying, she volunteers at several athletic events within her school district.

Elementary Teacher Tunink writes, “On a professional level, I have had the pleasure of working with Breann for two years at Fowler Elementary School District. As a paraprofessional, she is very passionate about education. She shows a great desire to educate children and has patience and understanding in Special Needs education that will make her a great asset to any school district.”

Breann’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and Engine Company 5 Foundation.

Skylar Webb

Skylar Webb

Skylar has dreamt of becoming a nurse for years. She credits the care that her sister received when she was born three months prematurely from doctors and nurses in the NICU for fueling her desire to be one of the helpers. Skylar plans to get her bachelor’s in nursing and work as a traveling nurse to help people everywhere.

She has just begun clinicals at a local hospital and retirement center as part of her high school nursing class. When Skylar isn’t spending time on clinicals, she can be found volunteering with the National Honor Society performing community service projects locally such as canned food drives, coat drives and assembling candy bags at Halloween for the children in the pediatric wing of the local hospital. She is also a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Interact Club and HOSA.

Words like intelligent, assertive, kind, driven and compassionate are used by teachers, neighbors and peers when discussing Skylar. A neighbor and college professor believes these traits makes Skylar deserving of a scholarship.

Rebecca Townes

Rebecca Townes

Rebecca enjoys sports, dance and helping others. She has been consistently involved in sports since she was the age of 2; now in college, she is on the women’s basketball team. Rebecca finds great satisfaction in being one year closer to making her father’s dreams come true by graduating college.

Rebecca has found financial hardship to be a bigger struggle for her family since COVID-19 has begun. She and her mother both were unable to hold their customary summer jobs due to the shutdown. Rebecca looks forward to her return to campus for her senior year just to obtain a sense of normalcy.

Fire Commissioner Deborah Norman shares, “Rebecca maintains more than a 3.0 GPA and enjoys competing in collegiate sports while she continues to be her mother’s right arm helping out at home. She maintains her attendance at her local church and always finds time to volunteer with the Westchester County Habitat for Humanity.”

Rebecca’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and ICMA-RC.

Kevin Townes Jr.

Kevin Townes Jr.

Losing his father was devastating for Kevin. After his death, Kevin struggled to find his place scholastically and in sports. He continued with sports and volunteered as a mentor with a traveling sports organization training and mentoring young athletes as well as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

After graduating high school, he applied to and was accepted at Hartwick College but struggled with depression and had to stop volunteering with youth as well as take leave from school in the Fall of 2018 to regroup and deal with depression. Kevin has since enrolled in SUNY Orange Community College on-line courses to ensure his academic standing will allow him to return to Hartwick in the Fall of 2020.

Kevin plans to resume working with youth and share his experiences and let them know sharing your feelings can and will result in healing and success if they are willing to speak up and put the work in.

Fire Commissioner Norman says, “Kevin is a very well mannered, mature young man. He conducts himself with integrity and has deep respect for others.”

Molly Tolbert

Molly Tolbert

Molly has always had a deep love of helping others at home and in her community. She has decided to study nursing which comes as no surprise to those who know her. She plans work in pediatrics and work as a traveling nurse for a few years. When that chapter concludes, Molly plans to return to school and obtain her master’s as a Nurse Practitioner.

Molly did not hesitate to get involved in her college community. She joined Teddi Dance for Love to raise money for families with cancer, as well as becoming involved in Fisher’s Furry which helps animal shelters. She currently is volunteering at local COVID testing sites and is administering vaccinations.

Molly is blessed with humility, self-discipline, compassion and considerable talent but her most remarkable trait is her strong work ethic. Her adjunct clinical instructor states, “Molly is one of the most compassionate students I have worked with. She has a kind heart and dedication to her patients that really stands out. She is well deserving of a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Scholarship.”

Molly’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and Engine Company 5 Foundation.

Olivia Terry

Olivia Terry

Olivia attributes receiving the NFFF scholarship to being able to focus on her studies and maintaining her 4.0 GPA. She continues to make the President’s list and is currently on track to do so again this semester. Olivia shares that with the help of our scholarship program, her family has been able to survive, cope, and succeed amid tragedy by putting the broken pieces back together and look forward to the future albeit different than they had planned.

Having her full tuition and book cost paid for, when she is not studying, she can be found volunteering with Rotoract, where they focus on community clean up and providing services to the homeless. She participated in “Carry the Load” by walking from Minneapolis to Dallas in 2021 and will do so again this May, but on the east coast route. This walk is important to her because they will stop at the Florida National Cemetery where her father is buried.

Hernando County Local 3760 Secretary writes, “Olivia has the drive and determination like no other, and those two qualities will make her an exceptional teacher. I know she will represent this scholarship with honor, dignity, and pride.”

Olivia’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from the
Motorola Solutions Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Morgan Schwantes

Morgan Schwantes

Morgan determined that she no longer wished to pursue a career in the medical field and has changed majors to Public Relations. Upon graduating, she is considering going on to graduate school.

With all her volunteer activities, Morgan is known for being ambitious, determined, and dependable. Morgan is currently involved with the Phi Mu Sorority, made up of strong, like-minded women who support the Children’s Miracle Network through philanthropy and interacting with children in the local Children’s Hospitals. She continues to volunteer annually in October at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.

Morgan is an outstanding student who gives generously of her time and talents. She is a well-rounded young woman and is quite confident. Morgan has a compassionate heart. She is dedicated to doing her absolute best.

Holly Schwantes

Holly Schwantes

Holly knows she has a different style of learning than traditional students but that doesn’t discourage her from wanting to further her education to maximize her potential. Holly has worked hard to overcome learning challenges and was honored with the Principal’s Award when she graduated from high school.

Holly has been successful at gaining full time employment. She volunteers in her community as a Youth Volunteer at the Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Holly also volunteers with The Humane Society and at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial each year.

Holly is a diligent student. She has applied herself to her studies and works hard in the community. She is responsible, not only academically, but personally as well and has a heart of gold. Holly is preparing herself to be a successful asset to society.

John Schardt Jr.

John Schardt Jr.

John is a sophomore at Marist College studying business with a minor in accounting and is considering graduate school after obtaining his bachelor’s degree. He feels that his educational and career goals are intertwined and that obtaining his education with little to no debt and finding the ideal career will lead to satisfaction and success.

He has joined the Marist College business club, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and the campus ministry. With the campus ministry, he performs community volunteer work. John also has volunteered as an assistant religious education teacher at his church and helped prepare 7th grade students who are preparing to make the sacrament of confirmation. He finds volunteer work to be very fulfilling.

John is said to be extremely mature, hardworking, dedicated, intellectually curious and enthusiastic in all that he does. Lieutenant Gill Montalvo says, “Johnny exemplifies excellent character and is extremely kind and thoughtful. He always strives to do his best and has a fantastic work ethic which makes him an honorable representative of the NFFF Sarbanes scholarship program.”

Jonh’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from the
Motorola Solutions Foundation and the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

Christopher Schardt

Christopher Schardt

Christopher plans to get a degree in business with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. He aspires to attend law school or get his MBA. Christopher would like to work in the finance industry for a firm such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, or Morgan Stanley. He may become a business attorney.

Christopher has played baseball since a young age and shares that it, along with weightlifting, are his favorite extracurricular activities. He feels that sportsmanship and being a team player are two of the greatest lessons the game has taught him, which allows him to be successful in the academic field.

Christopher is a member of the investment club at Marist, a business student club member and serves as a member of the campus ministry. He participates in various volunteer opportunities to benefit the local community. Christopher considers his dad as his moral compass and the force that drives him to be successful.

Christopher’s previous scholarships were made possible with support from
Motorola Solutions Foundation and National Association of State Fire Marshals.