Scholarship Program


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The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Local 493 creed is to take care of those who served before us, those who are serving now, and those who will serve in the future. Since the 1970’s Local 493 has offered scholarships to the college bound children of our members. In 2001, the Executive Board realized the cost of going to college increased drastically and the UPFFA Scholarship Program was increased to help pay a portion of freshman expenses. In 2016 we announced that the UPFFA Local 493 Scholarship Program received a Grant, and the monetary awards were increased. We are excited to announce that we are now able to give 16 scholarships and (5) of them will be a four-year scholarship.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Graduating High School Senior from an accredited Arizona High School, Class of 2024.
  • The son, stepson, daughter, stepdaughter of an Active or Retired Member of Local 493 in good standing.
  • Minimum 2.75 High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and include a copy of High School Transcript.
  • Enroll in a four-year accredited College, University, or AZ Community College full time
  • Return completed application packet by 3:30 pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
  • All applicants are required to complete an essay. The essay topic and a copy of the rules and guidelines will be mailed to applicants on January 23, 2024. Applicants will have 6 weeks to write the essay. Essays are sent to an outside source to be graded. The top 16 essay scores will receive a Scholarship.

The monetary awards are as follows:

  • Duane Pell Scholarship – $4000 the first year; $3000 annually for 3 years*
  • Pat Cantelme Scholarship – $4000 the first year; $3000 annually for 3 years*
  • Al Cruz Scholarship – $4000 the first year; $3000 annually for 3 years*
  • Benny Ashley Scholarship – $4000 the first year; $3000 annually for 3 years*
  • Jimmy Arcadia Scholarship – $4000 the first year; $3000 annually for 3 years*
  • Douglas W Mummert Community Service Scholarship – $2500
  • Brian Beck Jr. Scholarship – $2500
  • Stewart Family Scholarship– $2500
  • Mark Fowl Memorial Scholarship– $2500
  • AZ United Black Firefighters J.W.R. Scholarship – $2500
  • Valley Hispanic Bomberos Tony Torres Scholarship – $2500
  • Emerald Society Howard Adams Scholarship – $2500
  • Valley Fire Fighter Veterans Society Claude Nelson Jr. Scholarship – $2500
  • Valley Women’s FF Society Crystal Rezzonico Scholarship – $2500
  • Kara Kalkbrenner Visionary Scholarship Award– $2500
  • Phoenix Fire Foundation Scholarship – $2500

* Annual scholarship renewal is contingent on the student maintaining a full-time status in their respective institution and maintaining a minimum of 2.75 GPA.

Please return the completed Application by 3:30 pm on January 23, 2024

Mail: UPFFA, Attn: Crystal Allman- 61 E. Columbus Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Email: you will receive an email confirmation.

Applications will not be accepted after this date and time.

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