Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen

     ​The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen of the State of New York (SWAVF) and its Ladies’ Auxiliary are pleased to announce its community service-based scholarship program for 2020.  The program is open to all high school seniors who will graduate in 2020, and will be enrolling for full time study at an accredited institution of post-secondary study in the fall of 2020. Applicants must be either:
    (a)  a member, junior member, ladies’ auxiliary member or Fire Explorer of a SWAVF member fire department
                                                                      ---OR---                                                                             (b)  be the child or grandchild of an active member, ladies’ auxiliary member, or exempt member of a SWAVF member fire department
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     (c)  be the child or grandchild of an Officer, Past Officer, Committee Member, Life Member, or Annually Registered member of the SWAVF or SWAVF Ladies’ Auxiliary.

     This year there will be one Southwestern Firemen’s Scholarship awarded in the amount of $600, and three SWAVF Ladies’ Auxiliary scholarships awarded for $150 each. The three Auxiliary Scholarships will be awarded to the top applicant from each county not represented by the SWAVF Firemen’s Scholarship winner. Each applicant must submit the application form accompanied by (1) an acceptance letter from an accredited institution of post-secondary education, (2) a letter of recommendation from a school official  familiar with  both the breadth and depth of the student’s community service efforts, (3) a second letter from a representative or supervisor of a community service organization attesting to the applicant’s volunteer activities, and (4) an essay of  approximately 300 words, describing the applicant’s various community volunteer efforts. Application forms will be available at www.SWAVF.com. All application packets must be returned by USPS to Karoline Radke, Scholarship Chairperson, 121 Thorndale Av., West Seneca, NY 14224. All applications must be postmarked on or before 15 April 2020.
     Winners will be selected by the committee in May, 2020 and will be notified promptly thereafter. The presentation of awards will take place during the Annual SWAVF Convention on the first Friday of August in West Valley, NY, and the winners receive payment upon satisfactory completion of their first semester of full-time study. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Radke for further information at 716-601-4658 or by email at Karolineradke@gmail.com.   ​

Scholarship

​  SOUTHWESTERN’S SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 2019

The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen and its Ladies Auxiliary proudly announce the scholarship winners for 2019.  Winners were selected on the basis of recommendations from school and civic leaders, and on each applicant’s essay describing their experiences in volunteer community service.

The winner of the $800 Southwestern Association Scholarship for 2019 is Alyssa James of Williamsville (Erie Co.), New York.  She is graduating from Williamsville South High School, and will be enrolling at Erie Community College, majoring in Liberal Arts and Science General Studies. She is a junior member and Fire Explorer of Main-Transit Fire Department.  She has demonstrated her abilities to take on the responsibilities of organization and leadership as an office holder.  She also participates in the Amherst community holiday toy drive, worked fund-raisers, ranging from car washes to plant sales, and is actively engaged in training for, and responding to, emergency calls.  An outstanding student at Williamsville South she has excelled in all aspects of her educational opportunities, and assists other students with difficult concepts.

Southwestern Ladies’Auxiliary Scholarships, each in the amount of $200, have been awarded as follows:

        Emma Lee of the Whitesville Fire Department (Allegany Co.) is graduating this year from Whitesville Central School, and plans to start her studies in Nursing at the University of Lynchburg (VA) this fall.  Her eventual goal is to be a flight nurse, and has taken training courses with a local helicopter service.  Emma has been a junior member of the Whitesville FD for the past four years, and is also a member of the Independence EMS Squad, completing her EMT training this Spring.

        Nathan Kloc, of Olean (Cattaraugus Co.), will graduate this year from Portville Central School, where he excelled as a student and athlete.  In the fall he will be enrolling at Houghton College to major in Environmental Biology. He is a member of Kinney Hose Co. of Westons Mills Fire Department with Firefighter I certification. He is an active participant in the Presents for Panthers toy drive, American Red Cross Blood Drives, and serves the community in church-related activities as well.

        Holly Crandall of Sinclairville (Chautauqua Co.) is a junior member of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department. As a first rate student at Cassadaga Valley Central School , she has balanced a demanding academic course load with numerous sports and extracurricular activities. In addition to school and fire department activities she serves as a member and junior barn superintendent for the local 4-H program. She also assists other students needing help with studies.

The parents, schools, and community organizations that helped to mold these people into the young adults they’ve become should be truly proud. Society is thankful of your efforts!  As just one organization that represents the volunteer fire and ambulance services, we can attest to the need for more young people like these, citizens committed to serving others.