American Fire Sprinkler Association Awards $20,000 to High School Seniors

DALLAS – The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to offer assistance, through its online scholarship program,, to 10 lucky graduating high school seniors as they pursue their higher education goals. These national winners were randomly selected from 66,682 students who entered to receive a one-time $2,000 AFSA scholarship payable to their respective college, university, or trade school. This online scholarship contest awards ten $2,000 prizes annually.  

The ten national winners for 2017-2018 are:

• Vanessa Castellon, Chula Vista, California

• Isaac Dienes, Nelsonville, Ohio

• Katie Kohlman, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

• Lilia Nikoomanzar, Chandler, Arizona

• Daniel Popach, Marysville, Washington

• India Richardson, Prince George, Virginia

• Erik Simonsen, Redmond, Washington

• Devin Wade, Vandalia, Ohio

• Haley Wilkerson, Houston, Texas

• Zoe York, Cary, North Carolina

“Our hope is through the AFSA scholarship program we can educate high school and continuing education students to think about new and different options that they may not have previously considered as a career path and, moreover, that we can save lives by increasing awareness of the critical issue of fire safety,” states AFSA Director of Communications Nicole Duvall.

To be eligible, applicants must be a current high school senior planning to attend an accredited U.S. college, university or trade school in the coming fall. 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 ten $2,000 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.

Now entering its 23rd year, the AFSA scholarship continues to grow, attracting over 186,086 unique visitors to its website,, during the 2017-18 school year alone. The 2018-19 contest will begin in September 1, 2018.

For more opportunities to win, AFSA also offers a $5,000 Second Chance Scholarship Contest, which is open to anyone who has graduated high school or equivalency and wants to pursue a college degree or trade school education. The 2018 Second Chance Scholarship will award five $1,000 scholarships and is accepting applications through noon (CT), August 31, 2018.

The AFSA Scholarships are open to U.S. citizens or legal residents and are not based on financial need. For details or to apply for either scholarship, visit


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Established in 1981, the American Fire Sprinkler Association is an international association representing fire sprinkler contractors. AFSA is dedicated to the educational and professional advancement of the automatic fire sprinkler industry. Visit     

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