NVFC and CSU Announce Scholarship Winners

  The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 CSU scholarships. Peter Rucinski of Reno, NV, and Dan Federico of Pittsburg, PA, will both receive up to two years of...


Federico’s goals begin with obtaining his degree in fire science. He will utilize the CSU scholarship to help complete his bachelor’s degree, and then he plans to continue with a master’s degree in either public administration or Homeland Security. He hopes to one day become a fire science instructor, providing the next generation of first responders with the most advanced information.

“They say you never stop learning, and in fire science you can’t stop learning without becoming obsolete,” Federico said.

CSU has partnered with the NVFC to offer all NVFC members and their spouses and children a 10% discount on tuition and waived application fee to CSU. To take advantage of this benefit, visit www.columbiasouthern.edu/nvfc. In addition, CSU offers Hero Behind the Hero scholarships for spouses and children of firefighters, EMTS, police officers, dispatchers, and military personnel. These scholarships cover tuition for up to two years towards any of CSU’s associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral online degree programs. Click here to learn more.

Stay tuned to the NVFC web site and Dispatch newsletter for information on the 2012 CSU scholarship opportunity. Learn more about CSU at www.columbiasouthern.edu.