Any member of Virginia State Firefighter's Association (VSFA) or Auxiliary, OR a child, stepchild, or grandchild of a member of the VSFA or Auxiliary is eligible to apply.  Applicants must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Applicants must have been accepted at an accredited college, university, or technical school for the school term following the date of this application; continuing undergraduate students are also eligible.

An unbiased committee of members of the AVSFA will select the winners based on academic record, future promise, and financial need.

The scholarships will be paid to the schools by September 1st of the school year. Winners will be announced as soon as possible after May 1st of each year.


Applicants must submit the following:

The attached official application signed by the applicant and, if applicable, association member.

Two letters of reference.

A high school transcript if a graduating Senior OR a college transcript if enrolled in college.

Copy of SAT or ACT scores if a high school Senior.

College acceptance letter (if high school senior).

Paragraph regarding financial need.

500 word essay on below topic. (Be specific and previously submitted essays are ineligible for consideration.)

Note: To insure that all information is received on time, candidates should secure all needed information and submit it in one package to the committee.

The application, references, transcript(s), test scores, and acceptance letter must be postmarked or emailed by March 15th to:
        VSFA Auxiliary Scholarship Committee Attention

        Tina Puffenbarger, Secretary
        853 Northfield Ct.
        Harrisonburg, VA 22802
        Email: tpuffenbarger@harrisonburg.k12.va.us.

2025 Scholarship Application

Applications are due by March 15th every year.

Application packet for 2025

will be available soon.


Ryan Hernandez
Vienna Volunteer Fire Department 


Skylar Parks
Poquoson Volunteer Fire Department 


​2023 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Auxiliary to the Virginia State Firefighter's Association Scholarship.