Scholarship Program

The SFPE NJ NY Metro Chapters Education Foundation operates as a scholarship organization, which provides assistance to persons interested in the pursuit of careers in Fire Protection Engineering, Life Safety and associated trades. In addition the Foundation promotes continuing education in these field as well.

Past Recipients

Click below to see comments from past Scholarship Fund recipients:

Zack Czelada (OSU) - 2012
Tyler Lambert (OSU) - 2012
Shawn Mahoney - 2013
Dimitrios Savva (WPI) - 2017, 2018
Francisco Kang (WPI) - 2017
Eric Wasserman (UNH) - 2017
Jessica Tilles (UMD) - 2017
Eric Wasserman - 2018
Pedro Morejon (WPI) - 2019
Xiaoyue Pi (WPI) - 2019
Jonathan Bernal (OSU) - 2019
Ahmed Ibrahim (WPI) - 2020
Jonathan Ho Wu (WPI) - 2020
Samantha Wile (WPI) - 2020
Leonardo Vargas (EKU) - 2022
Jonathan Zimak (WPI) - 2022

Purpose and Intent

The purpose of the James R. O'Neil/W. Robert Powers / SFPE NJ NY Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is to promote the field of fire protection engineering and fire protection engineering technology by providing financial assistance to those individuals requiring support.

Students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in any fire protection engineering, fire protection engineering technology, or related program approved by the committee are considered eligible.

Scholarship Fund and Awards

Scholarship award(s) may be granted by the Foundation Scholarship Committee to selected students demonstrating high academic achievement. Award amounts will be determined by the Scholarship Committee in consultation with the Foundation Board.

Eligibility and Selection

Eligibility and selection will be based upon a combination of independent criteria evaluated by the Committee, and by the additional information contained as part of the application. Selection criteria categories include location, financial need, grade point average in area of engineering study (core-related classes only), and academic year.

  1. Location

The Committee will show preference to applicants that have a permanent primary residence (not school address) from one of the following counties:

New Jersey - Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Ocean, Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Union, Sussex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Mercer.

New York - Bronx, Dutchess, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Kings, Queens, Nassau, New York, Suffolk.

Connecticut - Fairfield.

Secondary preference shall be provided to applicants from anywhere in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Applicants from outside of the stated areas may also be given consideration.

  1. Grade Point Average - (Engineering Major)

The grade point average category shall be evaluated by the Committee using grades received in the major/core courses for the applicants engineering major only.

  1. Financial Need
  2. The financial need category shall be evaluated based on the results generated from the submittal of the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This voluntary aspect of the scholarship application will provide the Committee with information related to verifiable financial need of the student. Submittal of the results of the FAFSA report, including the Student Aid Report (SAR), Cost of Attendance (COA), and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is OPTIONAL, but is ENCOURAGED for all applicants, regardless of need. Academic Year

The applicant should provide the appropriate upcoming academic year for which they are applying for the scholarship.

Freshman (use for applying high school graduates), Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student