NFPA Recognizes 4 Students for Fire Safety Contributions

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to four fire safety students based on their contributions to fire safety activities, academic achievements, and leadership abilities.

The scholarships are awarded each year to recognize students for their pursuit of careers in fire safety.

The Arthur E. Cote Scholarship recognizes and offers support for undergraduate students pursuing careers in fire protection engineering. This year’s recipient was University of Maryland (UMD) junior David Yates, a member of the Salamander Fire Protection Honor Society at the university. Yates is pursuing a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in fire protection and nuclear engineering.

Bryant Hendrickson, a senior in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD), is the recipient of the John L. Jablonsky Scholarship. Hendrickson, who plans to become a professional engineer, is working towards his master’s degree in fire protection engineering in the combined BS/MS program. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and served as treasurer for UMD’s chapter. This scholarship is named in honor of the late John L. Jablonsky, former chair of the NFPA Standards Council and his valuable contribution to the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control and to several NFPA committees.

The George D. Miller Scholarship, which hones students in fire service or public administration programs, was awarded to the University of Cincinnati’s Clayton James. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire science and is the platoon commander and training officer for the Newport Fire Department in Newport, Ky.

Jamie Stern-Gottfried, one of 32 doctoral students at the University of Edinburgh, is the recipient of the David B. Gratz Scholarship, which recognizes the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs. He received his master’s in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and has worked for Arup Fire in London since then. His current doctoral research involves developing a methodology for determining design fires for structural analysis. Stern-Gottfried plans to become a technical leader with Arup Fire.


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