The Main Line Chamber Foundation is on track to provide $70,000 in scholarships to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians in June of 2022.
That would be the most ever, bringing the total amount in scholarships awarded above $600,000.
Two special $10,000 scholarships are being created in honor of Lower Merion volunteer firefighters Sean DeMuynck and Thomas Royds, who died in the line of duty last summer.
The new scholarships are being supported by The Fire Store and Walsh & Nicholson Financial.
In addition, the WSFS CARES Foundation has donated $5,000 for the creation of the Leaders of Tomorrow Award, which will go to an individual who demonstrates leadership qualities in volunteer service.
These scholarships come in addition to the awarding of three $5,000 scholarships in honor of Thomas Hays, a volunteer firefighter who died in the wake of a fire call in 2005.
“The business community is responding to the tragic loss of life and other sacrifices volunteer emergency responders make when they dedicate themselves to responding to fires, medical emergencies, and natural disasters,” said Bernard Dagenais, the President of the Chamber Foundation, who also serves as CEO of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce.
The main source of funds for the scholarships is the Giant Main Line Run/Walk, which was held on Sept. 12, 2021.
Scholarships are awarded at the Celebration of Hometown Heroes event typically held in Ardmore in June.
Volunteer firefighters in Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties are invited to apply for scholarships through their organizations when applications become available in March.