A Second Chance to Learn About Sprinklers

Online Contest Educates College Students

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to announce the five college students nationwide who have won a second chance scholarship through the association’s online scholarship program, afsascholarship.org/secondchance. These national winners were randomly selected to receive a one-time $1,000 AFSA scholarship payable to their respective college, university, or trade school. This online scholarship contest awards five $1,000 prizes annually. The five national winners for 2020-2021 are:
• Bridgette Ervin, Durham, North Carolina;
• Jahmil Frederick, Snellville, Georgia;
• Robert Klesch, Hadley, Massachusetts;
• Elyse Silva, Los Alamitos, California; and
• Loyda Vance, Green Valley, Arizona.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a current student enrolled at a college, university, or trade school. Applicants are required to read a passage about fire sprinklers—which describes their history, how they operate to save lives and property, and the types of careers that are available in the industry—and take an eight-question reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, the student receives one entry into a drawing for one of five $1,000 scholarships. A total of eight entries per applicant into the drawing are possible.

Since its creation in 1996, the AFSA Scholarship Contest has sought to promote the scholarship outside of the fire sprinkler industry in the hope of reaching students who may otherwise never have recognized the importance of automatic fire protection.

Scholarship for Seniors

AFSA also sponsors a scholarship contest for high school seniors at afsascholarship.org/highschool. To enter, an applicant must be a current high school senior planning to attend an accredited U.S. college, university, or trade school in the coming fall. Students are required to complete the same online contest as the Second Chance entrants. For each question answered correctly, the student receives one entry into a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships. A total of eight entries per applicant into the drawing are possible. The ten national winners randomly chosen for 2020-2021 were:
• Joana Carreras, Maywood, Illinois;
• Landon Ellington, Weatherford, Texas;
• Josh Lawless, Chesterton, Indiana;
• Nathan Miller, Union Star, Missouri;
• Ashlynn Oyemola, Haslet, Texas;
• Victoria Piniella, White House Station, New Jersey;
• Cale Rowley, Guthrie Center, Iowa;
• Emma Shuffield, Austin, Arkansas;
• Lauren Trull-Oxendine, Grand Prairie, Texas; and
• Noah Weislo, Orchard Park, New York.

Students Enter Online

The high school senior contest is currently open now until April 1, 2022. The second chance will open again from April through August 2022. AFSA scholarships are open to U.S. citizens or legal residents and are not based on financial need. For details or to apply, visit afsascholarship.org.


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