WHO WE ARE
The York Professional Fire Fighters Association and the B.P.O.E (York Elks 213) have teamed up to achieve their common goal of providing three annual scholarships to deserving York County, PA residents, while at the same time honoring the memory of our fallen local fire fighting heroes. The idea for these scholarships was born out of the tragic events of a building collapse at the old Weaver Piano building on Broad Street in York City on March 22, 2018 in which Fire Fighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony lost their lives. The fear that the names of these two brave men may eventually fade in the memory of the community over time sparked the idea of creating an annual scholarship in each of their names. Fundraisers were soon launched, and with the help of countless volunteers who selflessly donated their time, the scholarship account began to slowly grow. York Elks 213, an organization that has always prided itself on its support of local First Responders, heard about the effort and decided that a scholarship honoring ALL of York County's fallen fire fighting heroes would be a perfect fit with the original two scholarships for Ivan and Zach. The discussion was short and the decision easy. The YPFFA and the B.P.O.E would combine their efforts and the third scholarship was formed.
Fast-forward to June of 2019: The scholarship committee signed an official agreement with the York County Community Foundation (YCCF) so that our funds can grow even greater, our annual exposure within the community will be heightened, and the goal for our three Scholarships to be a Lasting Legacy will be solidified.
WHAT WE DO
Three Annual Scholarships
Each year we will award scholarships to three deserving persons legally residing in York County Pennsylvania, who are seeking an educational opportunity in the area of Emergency Services (Fire Fighter, Paramedic, EMT, Law Enforcement) for which a traditional educational institution may not be required. Additionally, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing, and Conservation which may require an Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree from a traditional educational institution, will be eligible. Scholarships for financial aid toward Certificate Programs, Training Programs, or Continuing Education Courses related to the areas listed above will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.