Online Contest Offers Assistance and Awareness
DALLAS - The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is now accepting applications for its popular online scholarship, the AFSA High School Scholarship Contest. The scholarship will award a total of $20,000 to 10 lucky winners.
The High School Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors who wish to pursue a college degree or technical education. Ten winners will be randomly chosen, and each winner will receive a $2,000 prize that will be paid directly to the accredited educational institution of the winner's choice, to be used for tuition and/or books for the fall 2017 semester. To enter, high school seniors can visit afsascholarship.org, where they will read an educational essay with information about fire sprinklers. After reading, the student will then be asked to take a 10-question, multiple-choice reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, students will receive one entry into a drawing for one of the 10 $2,000 scholarships. A total of 10 entries into the drawing are possible.
The 2016-2017 high school contest is currently open online, and will run through 12:00 p.m. Central Time April 7, 2017. Since 1996, AFSA has provided over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to help fulfill the educational dreams of students from across the nation. Nearly 43,150 high school seniors from across the United States entered the 2015-2016 contest.
On Tuesday April 19, 2016 the AFSA Virginia Chapter held a Recruitment and Social Mixer at the Marine Corps Museum at Triangle, Virginia.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.
Fire Sprinklers Save Lives Award Presentation
Virginia State Fire Marshal – ED ALTIZER
The fire sprinkler industry is often frustrated at the negative publicity fire sprinklers get – primarily because of myths and misunderstanding perpetuated by the media.
In 1998, the American Fire Sprinkler Association created the "Fire Sprinklers Save Lives" Award to recognize individuals outside the fire sprinkler industry who help dispel those myths about fire sprinklers and help advance the use of this life-saving technology. Ed Altizer, Virginia State Fire Marshal, is a very deserving recipient of that award.
Ed Altizer has served as Virginia State Fire Marshal since 1995. He began his tenure with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 1974, where he spent 19 years in the Southwest Virginia field office as an inspector, engineer and regional manager working with both the state fire prevention codes and the fire protection and prevention aspects of the state building codes. He has for many years been an outspoken proponent of saving lives through increased use of fire sprinklers. He was instrumental in getting fire sprinklers installed in numerous buildings at Virginia Tech along with other locations, and he has been shown strong leadership and support in the effort to protect people in their homes through stronger residential fire protection requirements.