The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) announced that NVFC member Stephanie Humberd of Burkburnett, Texas, will receive the National Volunteer Fire Council Scholarship.
CSU—an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, and leader in first responder education—has teamed with NVFC for several years to offer two scholarships to members. Each scholarship will cover up to $13,200 toward one CSU online degree program and will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the student has completed their online degree program.
Humberd, a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department, is proud to serve her Texas hometown and is enthusiastic about broadening her education with a degree.
“I'm eager to continue my education and give my department more educated personnel to better our services for the community and department,” she said. “This scholarship will open more opportunities in the fire service for me and possible chances for a career position. It will allow me to better myself, which will help me, my family and community.”
Humberd plans to use the scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fire administration at CSU. The mother of three also hopes to continue to set an example for another group of youngsters, too.
“As the leader of the Fire Explorers junior firefighter program, I am very excited about training and teaching the firefighters of the future,” said Humberd. “It's an honor to be able to help mold them and give them all the knowledge and preparation I can to be great firefighters.”
The scholarship was also awarded to John Sullivan, a volunteer firefighter with the Pegram Fire Department in Pegram, Tennessee.