The NSCVFA Scholarship Program was initiated in 2001 to honor Chief Dan Levin for his dedication and efforts on behalf of TSRVFD and surrounding communities. The scope of the program was to support local high school graduates and college students who were primarily interested in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Service, but any local graduating senior or current college student is eligible to apply.
In 2001 VFD BOD approved $3000 from the “general funds” of TSRVFD for the scholarship program. In 2002 the BOD appointed the late Walt Jorgenson as Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and he managed the program through 2019. From 2008, the BOD changed the “seeding” of the scholarship fund to be the proceeds from annual Christmas tree sales, also managed by Walt.
From 2018 the NSCVFA board began including scholarships for eligible EMT class participants.
The amounts awarded each year since the inception of the scholarship program are:
2002 – 2003 $3,000
2004 – 2007 $4,000
2009 – 2014 $3,000
2016 No Applicants
Community service is widespread in the coastal communities of The Sea Ranch and Annapolis. Area firefighters practice it year-round, 24/7, but meeting neighbors to help them select a Christmas tree is a pleasant treat. And the community benefits: each tree sale is a contribution to the VFA Scholarship Program, bringing together the worthy themes of community service, youth education, teamwork and protection of life and property.