2021 Scholarship Recipients

These recipients had an average grade point average of 4.1 and they are or soon will be attending Belmont University, Rider University, Sonoma State University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Mississippi, University of San Francisco, Wagner College.

The Board of Directors and staff of the Fire Family Foundation wish them all the best in the future.


Kristyn Gardner

Kristyn G.

Kristyn, a native of Maryland, is a freshman at Rider University. Her firefighter father taught her to never back down, which allowed her to work her way up to becoming a Division 1 softball catcher recruit. She plans to continue mentoring her fellow players throughout college.


Izabella Lira

Izabella L.

Izabella hails from California and is a freshman at the University of San Francisco. Her firefighter father taught her to work hard, whether practicing photography or competing on varsity cheer and varsity track and field all four years of high school. She looks forward to exploring her creativity and business leadership capabilities in the future.


Maya Matthews

Maya M.

Maya, a native of California, is a sophomore at UCLA. Her firefighter father taught her perseverance, which has allowed her to maintain a 4.0 GPA while mentoring underclassmen and participating extensively in various debate teams. She plans to become a general practitioner and social rights advocate after graduation.


Ashlin Palzkill

Ashlin P.

Ashlin is from Illinois and a freshman at the University of Mississippi. Her firefighter stepfather’s tireless drive to excel inspired her work hard as she went from successful gymnast to gymnastics coach. She wants to continue mentoring others and serving her community after graduation.


Nicholas Rawlings

Nicholas R.

Nicholas, a native of Missouri, is a freshman at the University of Alabama. His firefighter father, great-grandfather, and uncles’ selfless contributions to the community inspired him to serve as a retreat leader and volunteer counselor weekly for the past several years. He has also excelled in baseball and is an Eagle Scout who plans to continue giving back to his community however he can.


Jacob Reavis

Jacob R.

Jacob hails from Kansas and is a freshman at Belmont University. He plays drums, saxophone, piano, and guitar and performed with several different bands in high school. Like his father and grandfather before him, he is a volunteer firefighter. Jacob plans to work as an EMT while he’s in college and will become a career firefighter and part-time music teacher after graduation.


Caleb Scott

Caleb S.

Caleb is from Texas and is a freshman at Texas A&M University. His firefighter father’s dedication and leadership inspired him to become an entrepreneur, and he has already helped found 2 successful startups. He plans to continue mentoring other aspiring entrepreneurs and working on new startups in the future.


Taylor Wasserman

Taylor W.

Taylor is from California and will graduate with a BS and MS in Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College in 2022. Her firefighter father and brother’s selflessness and tenacity encouraged her to become a medical provider. She has worked as a clinician throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and looks forward to continuing the vital work of caring for her community.


Teagan Wasserman

Teagan W.

Teagan hails from California and will graduate with a BS and MS in Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College in 2023. Her firefighter father and brother’s service and integrity have driven her to provide the best patient care possible. She is excited to start clinical rotations soon and continue caring for others.


Talia Zampese

Talia Z.

Talia, a native of California, is a sophomore at Sonoma State University. Her firefighter father taught her to be mature and observant, which has allowed her to succeed as a teaching assistant, health consultant, babysitter, assistant soccer coach, and restaurant host. She plans to continue serving others in the future.


Each student received a $5,000 scholarship, with $50,000 awarded in total.

If you are the child of an active or retired firefighter, you can apply for a scholarship next year! Bookmark our Scholarships page and check back in Spring for details.