Deadline Extended to June 1 for Junior Firefighter Scholarship

The scholarship application deadline for the 2009 National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program has been extended to Monday, June 1. The deadline extension offers more time for junior firefighters and Explorers to apply for one of ten $5,000 scholarships to help fund their higher education in these tough economic times.

Sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, the scholarship program will award ten $5,000 scholarships to junior firefighters nationwide who demonstrate commitment and dedication to their local junior firefighter or Explorer program and the fire service. The application and criteria for the competitive scholarships are available on the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) web site at www.nvfc.org/juniors.

"This scholarship has opened so many doors for me," says Kayla Sulla, member of the Great Neck (NY) Alert Fire Company and 2008 scholarship recipient. "This scholarship has paid for me to take ten classes - that's a full year of schooling that I don't have to worry about financing. I am eternally grateful for the generosity of the NVFC and (2008 scholarship sponsor)the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation."

Encourage your department's junior members to apply for this incredible scholarship opportunity today. Scholarships can be applied to a two- or four-year institution of higher learning, a trade school, or a certification program. Applicants must be a senior in high school or have graduated from high school within the past three years to be eligible. For full program criteria, visit www.nvfc.org/juniors.

Thanks to the support of Baskin-Robbins and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, the 2009 NVFC National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program is offering a combined total of $100,000 in scholarships to outstanding junior firefighters and grants to departments to support their junior firefighter programs. New in 2009, the $50,000 in department grants will be awarded separately from the $50,000 in scholarships. The application period for the ten $5,000 department grants, sponsored by the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, are due August 15.

Learn more about the National Junior Firefighter Scholarship and Grant Program and apply today at www.nvfc.org/juniors.

About the National Junior Firefighter Program
The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program helps fire and EMS organizations nationwide develop, grow, and promote local programs that encourage youth participation in the fire and emergency services. In addition, youth can use the Program to find out how to join a local fire, rescue, or EMS organization; keep track of their hours of service; and earn exciting rewards. The Program is supported by the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, Baskin-Robbins, Tyco International, and Spartan Motors, Inc. Find out more at www.nvfc.org/juniors.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine's 29th annual Franchise 500 ranking, Baskin-Robbins is the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts and beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 6,000 retail shops in 35 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,000 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin' Brands, Inc. family of companies. For further information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com.

About the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation
The Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation brings together a wide network of stakeholders, including our Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees, crew members and employees, to support the service and leadership of emergency response organizations - especially in times of crisis. The Foundation supports emergency responders by providing financial assistance, building capacity, developing partnerships, encouraging volunteerism and honoring local heroes. To learn more about the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, please visit www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

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