Has anyone out there in a volunteer or combination department used
scholarships as a way to recruit / retain new recruits? For example,
offering a new recruit $x towards continuing education if they stay in good
standing for x amount of time.

If so, a couple of questions:

1) Was the scholarship limited to members working towards fire-related
degrees/certificates, or any degree-related program?

2) Amount of the award and renewal period.

3) Requirements that the member must meet to apply for and/or not "default"
on the scholarship.

4) If the member did not meet the requirements stated after the award was
given, what is done? Are they required to repay?

Any other info that anyone has regarding such programs would be much

Thanks in advance!