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SCC firefighting students have new funding source

Stanly Community College is now able to offer educational funding to North Carolina firefighters and firefighter trainees through funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina Firefighter Scholarship and Stipend programs.

The NC Firefighter Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for existing firefighters who want to advance their education in fire and emergency services.

Students in the SCC Emergency Medical Sciences Associate Degree Program can receive up to $1,000 per term (must reapply each term). Funds are disbursed to the student’s account to cover expenses such as tuition, fees, books, materials, supplies, etc., associated with the program. Eligibility requirements include: 1) Hold an active NC Firefighter I and II certification, 2) student must successfully complete courses covered by the scholarship in any previous term to be eligible for funding in a subsequent term, and 3) the student must submit a BCBS scholarship application and submit to SCC’s Financial Aid Office.

The NC Firefighter Trainee Stipend Program is intended to offset out-of-pocket expenses a student could incur in order to participate in training leading to Firefighter I and II, NC Driver/Operator Pumps or Emergency Vehicle Driver Certifications. Award stipend is $500 per term (must reapply each term). Funds are disbursed to the student’s account to cover expenses such as fees, books, materials, supplies, etc., associated with the designated fire fighter training within a NC community college. Eligibility requirements include: 1) The student must enroll in course(s) required to achieve the NC Firefighter I and II, NC Driver/Operator Pumps, and/or Emergency Vehicle Driver certifications and 2) the student must submit a BCBS stipend application and submit to SCC’s Financial Aid Office.

For more information about the NC Firefighter Trainee Stipend Program, contact Lewis Edward, SCC program head, Fire and Rescue, at 704-991-0334 or ledwards9164@stanly.edu. For more on the NC Firefighter Scholarship Program, contact Scott Shew, SCC program director, Emergency Medical Science, at 704-991-0186 or gshew4054@stanly.edu.