FPE Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid
A number of scholarships are available to students enrolled in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, including those listed below, not all of which are necessarily given each year. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships MUST complete the A. James Clark School of Engineering Scholarships Application EACH YEAR. Students who do not complete the application will not automatically be considered for these awards. More information regarding scholarships also offered by the Clark School can be found at scholarships.eng.umd.edu/scholarships.
A limited amount of financial aid is available at the college, campus, and state level. Information may be obtained:
- Clark School's Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarship Programs
- University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid
- Maryland Higher Education Commission for State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications
To apply for financial aid, you will first need to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
For help completing the FAFSA, applying for financial aid, and/or searching for scholarships, Peterson's College Guide provides a comprehensive Scholarships, Loans, Financial Aid & the FAFSA page.
- A. L. Brown Award
Established by the New England Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from New England.
- Arthur E. Cote Scholarship
Supported by the NFPA Memorial Fund, the Arthur E. Cote scholarship was established to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in Fire Protection Engineering. In early March, the department can nominate one or two full or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in the program who exhibit: scholarship achievement, leadership qualities, concern for others/volunteerism and intention to pursue a career in fire protection engineering. Once nominated, students are asked to complete an application to the fund that is due by April 1.
- Charles D. Watts, Jr. Memorial Fund
This fund was created in memoriam to support undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering students on the basis of scholastic achievement and financial need. Students should be in their freshman or sophomore years.
- Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement Program
- Chicago Chapter SFPE Award
Created by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The award provides a variable amount toward the student's tuition and fees for a student from the state of Illinois.
- Donald W. Belles Scholarship
Named in honor of an alumnus of the department, the Donald W. Belles Scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors in fire protection engineering. The award is based on a student's academic performance, merit and need. The award provides a variable amount to Maryland or Out-of-State students.
- Dr. Harry E. Hickey Scholarship
In honor of Dr. Harry E. Hickey, alumni, friends and former students donated to establish this scholarship that will support an undergraduate or graduate fire protection engineering student who have interest in teaching or educating others about fire protection engineering. Preference will be given to students with fire service experience.
- Edwards Scholarship, sponsored by UTC Fire & Security
This undergraduate scholarship provides financial aid to support the academic expenses of a first or second year undergraduate student. The award is based on the student's academic performance and demonstrated fire protection engineering interest. The award provides a maximum of $6,000 toward the student's academic expenses to Maryland or Out-of-State students.
- FIRE Center Scholarships
A FIRE Center scholarship supports current Fire Protection Engineering undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and show financial need.
There are currently four Fire Center Scholarships, including:
FIRE Center–Koffel Associates Scholarship
FIRE Center–Poole Fire Protection Scholarship
FIRE Center–Siemens Scholarship
FIRE Center–Tyco Scholarship
- Fire Suppression Systems Association Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded by the FSSA Educational Foundation to students who plan to enroll in a fire suppression technology program at an accredited two year or four year technical school, college or university in North America. An application will be reviewed and is typically due August 1st. Reviewers will take into consideration academic success, interest, special abilities, financial need and other factors. Consideration will be given to the degree in which the career choice would have an application to the fire suppression industry.
- Frank J. Fee Jr. Award
Made possible by support from the National Fire Protection Association and Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company, this award will provide financial aid for an outstanding student or students enrolled in Fire Protection Engineering. The award is based on the student's academic record, fire protection interest, and academic potential. The award provides a maximum of $5,000.00 for tuition and fees to Maryland and Out-of-State students.
- Honeywell Fire Solutions Group Scholarships
Two $2,500 scholarships are available to fire protection engineering students in their 3rd, or 4th years with a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The scholarships are funded by Honeywell Fire Solutions Group.
- The James O. Grendahl Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Mr. and Mrs. E. Grendahl in memory of their son. This scholarship is intended to assist outstanding students in fire protection engineering.
- James R. O'Neil Award
Established by the New York–New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities. The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from the metropolitan New York City area.
- JENSEN HUGHES Award
Established by JENSEN HUGHES to provide financial aid to support the academic expenses of students. The award is based on the academic performance, outstanding achievement, communication capabilities and demonstration of potential in developing engineering solutions.
- John D. Cook III Award
Established by the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is based on the student's academic performance and fire protection engineering activities.The award provides a variable amount toward the student's academic expenses for a student from the chapter area.
- The John L. Jablonsky Scholarship
Supported by the NFPA Memorial Fund, the John L. Jablonsky scholarship was established to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in Fire Protection Engineering. In early March, the department can nominate one or two full or part-time graduate students enrolled in the program who exhibit: scholarship achievement, leadership qualities, concern for others/volunteerism and intention to pursue a career in fire protection engineering. Once nominated, students are asked to complete an application to the fund that is due by April 1.
- Kemper Insurance Companies Endowed Undergraduate Grants in Fire Protection Engineering
Established to be used toward enhancing the Fire Protection Engineering Department's ability to recruit the very best first and second year students into the program. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic merit and expressed interest in fire protection engineering.
- The Ladies Auxiliary of the Maryland State Firemen's Award
Created by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Maryland State Firemen's Association to provide one four-year award of variable amount to a resident of the State of Maryland. Applicants for this award must have the approval of the Scholarship committee of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Maryland State Firemen's Association.
- Maryland State Firemen's Association Awards
Created by the Maryland State Firemen's Association to provide a minimum of one four-year scholarship award each year for a resident of the State of Maryland enrolled in Fire Protection Engineering. The award is for tuition and fees. The award is based on high school record, character, and fire protection interest of candidates. For more information, visit www.msfa.org/content/scholarship. Application deadlines are typically in mid-April.
- National Scholarships
National scholarships are highly competitive, prestigious awards that provide opportunities and support for many different experiences, including study abroad, graduate study (and sometimes undergraduate study also), federal employment, teaching, research, and public service.To search national scholarships, visit the University of Maryland National Scholarships Office.
- The Patricia Baker Scholarship
Established by alumni of the Fire Protection Engineering department, in honor of Mrs. Patricia Baker to acknowledge her dedication and service to the department.
- Philip L. DeCamara Jr. Memorial Award
Established by the American Fire Sprinkler Association to provide financial aid to an outstanding junior or senior student. The award is based on the student's character, leadership and academic excellence with a demonstrated personal commitment to the area of fire safety. The award provides an maximum of $4,000 toward the payment of tuition and fees to Maryland and Out-of-State students. Applications are typically due by April 1st. See clse.org/scholarships.htm for more information.
- Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship (Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association [FAMA])
FAMA has offered one (1) $5000 scholarship to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student registered in a four-year fire protection engineering program or in a full-time master’s degree program in fire protection engineering. An application packet is required that should be submitted directly to FAMA. Applications are typically due by June 1st. For more information: fama.org/about_fama/scholarships.cfm.
- Richard G. Gewain/JENSEN HUGHES Scholarship
Sponsored by JENSEN HUGHES and awarded to Fire Protection Engineering undergraduate students. JENSEN HUGHES is pleased to provide an annual scholarship in honor of Richard Gewain that is based on academic performance, outstanding achievement and demonstration of potential in developing engineering solutions. Dick Gewain was a leader in the field of fire protection and fire resistance of construction and materials. What separated Dick from his contemporaries was his ability to transfer scientific and test data into practical engineering guidelines and solutions.
- The Robert C. Byrus Memorial Fund
In memory of Robert C. Byrus, this fund will commemorate Mr. Byrus’ dedicated service and strong commitment to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland and the fire service training field. The fund will support a junior undergraduate student in Fire Protection Engineering who is preferably a current or past member of a fire department. The student will be awarded $1000 in the junior year and is then eligible to receive $2000 in the senior year based upon continued good progress toward a degree.
- Robert M. Gagnon Centennial Scholarship
The Robert M. Gagnon Centennial Scholarship is an annual award for Junior or Senior fire protection engineering students. Candidates must satisfactorily complete ENFP 255 and demonstrate outstanding skill and interest in fire protection systems design. Two $500 awards are given annually.
- Robert Young Memorial Fund
Supported by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, the Robert Young Memorial Fund is for students enrolled in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering who demonstrate a combination of academic merit and financial need, as selected by the Department Scholarship committee.
- Roger R. Cholin Award
Established by J.M. Cholin Consultants, Inc. The award is available to students majoring in fire protection engineering in good academic standing with financial need. The award is named in honor and memory of Roger R. Cholin, who devoted his working life to the advancement of fire protection through his leadership at Safety First Products, Corp. and later Firetek Corporation.
- Robert W. Schirmer Award
Established by the Schirmer Engineering Corporation. Two awards are available based on the student's academic performance and demonstrated fire protection engineering accomplishments. One award provides a variable amount to an outstanding junior or senior student, and the other award is for a freshman or sophomore.
- The Salamander Scholarship Award
This award is given to both undergraduate and graduate students from the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) Department. The scholarship was established to award students for their exemplary dedication to academics as well as service to the FPE Department and it is merit-based. These scholarships are funded by the generous donations of alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends of the department.
- Sarah B. Bryan Scholarship
Named in honor of Sarah Bryan, late wife of the founding chair Professor John L. Bryan, this scholarship was established to provide assistance to female undergraduate students. Multiple awards are given annually, based on academic record, character, and volunteer- or career-related fire protection service. Each award provides a minimum of $5,000 for tuition and fees to Maryland and out-of-state undergraduate students. Download application [pdf]
- SFPE Chesapeake Chapter Engineering Scholarship
The SFPE Chesapeake Chapter is pleased to provide an annual scholarship award in support of an undergraduate student enrolled in the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering who will have junior or senior academic standing at the time the scholarship is applied.
- SFPE Greater St. Louis Chapter Engineering Scholarship
The goal of this scholarship fund is to provide educational assistance ($2,500-3,500) to students who are seeking a degree in engineering and show interest in fire protection. It is also intended to promote the fire protection industry by encouraging students who are inclined to become Registered Professional Engineers and practice in the St. Louis area. Requirements include:
1. Full time student with minimum 60 credit hours by June 1 in an accredited engineering
curriculum at the BS or MS level
2. Financial need, past academic achievements, community involvement, and/or association
with fire protection, and
3. Association with St. Louis and/or consider working in St. Louis after graduation.
Applications are due each year on April 15. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wells Fund Scholarship
Established by The Wells Fund, a component of the Prince George’s Community Foundation, to support students enrolled in the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering program. The award is available to Maryland residents, with special preference for residents of Prince George’s County. Up to three scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded annually. Scholarships may be awarded to incoming freshmen as well as upper classmen enrolled in the undergraduate program. Scholarship awards are based upon academic performance and financial need as determined by the University’s financial aid criteria. Applying students are expected to demonstrate a 2.5 grade point average or better.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nicole Hollywood
Department of Fire Protection Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-3031
Dept. Phone: 301-405-3992
Direct Phone: 301-405-3994