By Ryan Velez
Sometimes, a financial boon can come from the oddest sources. Chances are you don’t really think of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), often, but Rolling Out reports that the organization is spreading the word about fire sprinklers while offering $20,000 in scholarships to high school seniors.
The 2017-2018 contest is open now through April 1, 2018, and is available to high school seniors who wish to pursue a college degree or technical education. Ten winners will be randomly chosen, and each winner will receive a $2,000 prize that will be paid directly to the accredited educational institution of the winner’s choice, to be used for tuition and/or books for the fall 2018 semester.
Seniors who want to enter need to visit afsascholarship.org, where they read an educational essay and then are asked to take an eight-question, multiple-choice reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, students receive one entry into a drawing for one of the 10 $2Kscholarships. A total of eight entries into the drawing are possible. The 2016-2017 contest garnered 70,742 entries, as well as 185K unique hits, translating into people learning about the benefits of fire sprinklers, how fire sprinklers operate, campus fire safety, and careers in the industry.
Last year’s winners have shared the life-safety message with others and taken it to heart themselves. Winner Anna Newton who is studying nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina says: “I was looking up scholarships on Google and did not know much at all before this contest. They are vital to the safety and protection of your homes and families.”
Winner Zachary Duncan, who plans to be a meteorologist, states he now “understands how important it is to have fire sprinklers installed. The impact fire sprinklers can have on the safety of people and the preservation of property is enormous.”
Students who have already graduated from high school or earned a GED have a chance to get in on the action as well, though they’ll have to wait until next year.The Second Chance Scholarship Contest offers five $1K scholarships annually, and is targeted towards those seeking to pursue a college degree or trade school education — including returning military, parents returning to the workforce, as well as high school seniors.