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Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Scholarship

$1500 VCOS-sponsored scholarship is awarded to IAFC-VCOS members only

This VCOS-sponsored scholarship to Symposium in the Sun was named in the memory of Chief James P. Seavey, Sr., who was a VCOS At-Large Board Member that passed away Sept. 4, 2018, after a courageous five-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Throughout his career, Jim’s passion was elevating morale, empowering members to exceed expectations, and providing through example unparalleled selflessness at every opportunity. Jim is remembered for his extraordinary devotion to family and for often undertaking duties that transcended traditional roles. While he shared in human weakness, he was unwavering in his values, commitment, and ethos. He was a faithful soul and he joined in a strong love for God.

The Lavender Ribbon Report: Best Practices for Preventing Firefighter Cancer, which he researched and co-authored, was a timely example of Jim’s national influence. Setting out 11 actions that can dramatically reduce deaths of first responders from cancers caused by the very fires they fight, it was published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs- Volunteer and Combination Officers Section and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

This scholarship seeks an individual that embodies the ideals of Chief James P. Seavey, Sr. Someone that has made it their goal to ensure the health and wellness of their sisters and brothers physically, mentally and spiritually. The 2021 application period is now open through September 14. Applicants for the scholarships must be members of the IAFC and VCOS.

Submit an online application now!

The successful applicant is notified in September and is awarded their $1500 scholarship check at the Symposium in the Sun. Therefore, scholarship recipients must be prepared to pay upfront expenses.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding the Symposium scholarship program or the application process.

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