The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has awarded the 2019 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Kyle Greene, of Vernon.
Greene received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for his volunteer service in the community from Ken Holmes, member of the FASNY Board of Directors.
“My desire to serve community is what drove me to join the fire service. I’ve been lucky to find a home at the Sherrill Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department and consider the membership to be my second family,” said Greene.
“The fire department has changed my life, teaching me to be more trustworthy, caring and empathetic.”
Greene plans to attend Onondaga Community College in the fall where he intends to study fire protection technology.
Outside of the firehouse Greene plays volleyball and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
Greene is one of 26 students chosen for this scholarship.
“This scholarship means the world to me as it will help to pay for some of my college costs. I am grateful for FASNY for giving me this amazing opportunity,” added Greene.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community, such as serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention and other projects.
Additional criteria include consistent demonstration of good character and completion of a written essay.
The Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship program is made possible each June through donations from individuals, fire departments and auxiliaries.
This year, Provident Agency Inc., the provider of the accidental death and dismemberment insurance for FASNY members, has again provided major underwriting support to help FASNY award scholarships to young volunteers.
FASNY also recognized the in-kind support donated by McNeil and Co., which provides more than 80 hours of administrative work needed to process the applications and awards.