The Jeffery Allan Burgin Scholarship Fund
Deadline to apply:
July 18, 2014 for Fall Academy
December 19, 2014 for the Spring Academy
BENEVOLENT LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN NAME OF FALLEN PALM BAY FIREFIGHTER
(Palm Bay)—The Palm Bay Firefighters Community Benevolent, Inc. and the family of Fallen Firefighter Jeff Burgin have established a scholarship fund in Burgin’s name to honor the fallen firefighter on the 2nd anniversary of his passing, and to help future generations wanting to become firefighters and paramedics. The Jeffery Allan Burgin Scholarship Fund will provide $1,000 to qualified applicants meeting the criteria outlined in an application packet. The scholarship will be awarded twice a year to coincide with the spring and fall academy at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) or the Florida Medical Training Institute (FMTI). The candidate must meet select criteria including a demonstration of financial need, residency in Palm Bay or Brevard County for a minimum of one year and a commitment to work in a local fire department not more than 50-miles outside of Palm Bay or Brevard County. The application process also requires a written essay and two reference letters. A three member selection committee comprised of one board member from the Benevolent and two members of the Burgin family will announce the first recipient on or about August 1st for the fall academy and by January 9th for the spring academy.
Jeff Burgin died on June 20, 2012 after serving 16 years with Palm Bay Fire-Rescue. He was a driver/engineer, paramedic and posthumously promoted to lieutenant. Prior to his service in Palm Bay, Burgin served in the Florida Forestry Service in south Florida for three years. His death was considered a Line of Duty Death under the U.S. Public Safety Officers Benefits program and Burgin’s name is on the International Association of Firefighters Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “The family is happy and proud to help the firefighters establish this scholarship,” said Dick Burgin, Jeff’s father. “Hopefully it will help some young individual have a bright future, a job and have a wonderful career in firefighting.”
The Jeffery Allan Burgin Scholarship Fund is the Benevolent’s first scholarship program and the organization hopes to raise enough funds to expand opportunities for future firefighters and paramedics. “We’re sure there are a lot of people out there with financial constraints that if we were able to help the right individual to achieve the goal in firefighting, I think that truly exemplifies what Jeff would have wanted,” said Dave Ginsburg, president of the Palm Bay Firefighters Community Benevolent.
The Palm Bay Firefighters Community Benevolent, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization designed to provide community support through charitable events and contributions. Donations can be made at any Palm Bay Fire-Rescue station or by mail at P.O. Box 061776, Palm Bay, Florida 32906.