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FSSA Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Educational Foundation of the Fire Suppression Systems Association announced the winners of the 2016 - 2017 scholarship competition.  Each year, the Foundation provides financial support to outstanding young students connected with the fire protection industry to help them meet their ever-rising cost of a college education.

The FSSA Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipients of scholarships for 2016-2017:


$5,000 Scholarship in the name of Jim Boyer:
Breanne Thompson, University of Maryland College Park

Breanne Thompson

University of Maryland,
College Park

Breanne Thompson is a rising senior majoring in Fire Protection Engineering and minoring in Engineering Leadership at the University of Maryland. She is also a part of the Honors College and is honored to say that she is a previous recipient of the FSSA Scholarship.


Breanne is very involved in the Black Engineers Society in hopes of helping to retain and maintain African American students in the STEM field.  The summer after her freshman year, she interned at Fisher Engineering in Norcross, GA. Last summer, she interned at WSP Group in Dubai, U.A.E for their life safety team. This summer, she interned at The Boeing Company in Seattle where she was able to work on a variety of different fire protection projects.

Breanne has gained a strong passion for the field of fire protection engineering, and is excited to see what the future holds for her.


$5,000 Scholarship in the name of Chuck Hooper:
Selena Chin,
University of Maryland College Park

Selena Chin

University of Maryland,
College Park

Selena Chin is a rising senior majoring in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. She is the current president of Salamander Honorary Society, UMD’s fire protection honor society, and an active member of UMD’s SFPE student chapter.  During her undergraduate career, Selena has spent the summers interning at Northrop Grumman and Burns & McDonnell, and has participated in research on smoke detectors. She has also done research on nozzle reaction forces through the support of the RISE leadership academy for engineering students.


This coming year, she will be an undergraduate teaching fellow for fire protection classes, including Structural Fire Protection in the fall. Selena is currently partaking in the combined B.S./M.S. program and is thinking about staying for her master’s after graduating next year. Her extracurricular involvements include playing intramural soccer, tutoring local elementary school kids, and participating in the Maryland Filmmakers Club.


$3,000 Scholarship:
Kathryn Schramm,
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Kathryn Schramm

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Kathryn is beginning her final year of the three-year Fire Protection Engineering Technology program at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.  She has been actively involved in Seneca’s Fire Protection Student Association and has volunteered with the Barrie Fire Department for the last two years.


Since starting this program, she has gained work experience in fire alarm systems with Chubb Edwards and in code compliance with the Toronto Transit Commission’s Fire Safety Department.  She is also a tutor at Seneca, specializing in math, chemistry and English.

Kathryn entered the field of Fire Protection after getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan for four years.  She is passionate about her new field of study and looks forward to a career in the industry.


$2,000 Scholarship:
Matthew Fegley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Matthew Fegley

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Matthew Fegley from a young age developed an interest in the fire service. For the past seven years he has had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer firefighter in his local department. He is from Telford, Pennsylvania but for the last four years attended school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). This past May he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.


This year he will be returning to WPI to finish his MS in Fire Protection Engineering. Matthew has worked over the past few years in multiple facets of fire protection; working in a hospital’s life safety office, a clean agent fire suppression company, and most recently with an insurance company in a loss prevention role. In the future he would like to utilize his mechanical design skills to develop fire protection equipment to protect the people that risk their lives to save others.


$2,000 Scholarship:
Jacob Ludeman, California Polytechnic State University


Jacob Ludeman

California Polytechnic State University

Jacob graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in June 2016.  He is currently the Vice President of his school's SFPE Chapter and previously served as the Treasurer. 


Jacob began the FPE Master's Program at Cal Poly during his last quarter as an undergraduate and will begin the program full-time in the Fall of 2016.  He is currently interning his second summer with Jensen Hughes in Anaheim, CA as a Fire Protection Engineering Intern.




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