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PFFSD Scholarships

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The Professional Firefighters of South Dakota - Michael D Andersen Memorial Scholarship Award

 Eligibility -  Applicants must be a member in good standing of the Professional Firefighters of South Dakota (PFFSD), or a spouse, child, grandchild, or stepchild of a member in good standing with the Professional Firefighters of South Dakota. 

 *For the purpose of this scholarship all IAFF active retirees, IAFF Alumni and members that are recognized by the IAFF as a line of duty death shall be considered members. 

 Previous winners are eligible.

 Eligible Schools -  The scholarship may be used at any college, university, or vocational/trade school. Preference will be given to schools within South Dakota as well as those that are enrolled as a full time student. Preference will also be given to those students that have enrolled in a field that the scholarship committee sees as a benefit to its members. (EMS, Fire, Legal, etc.)

 Award - There will be up to five $1000 scholarships awarded annually. The winner will receive a scholarship certificate and the funds will be sent directly to the school that he/she will be attending.

 The scholarship may be deferred for one (1) year in the case of illness or military service.

 Funding - All funds shall come from the scholarship account.

 Application Procedures - The applicant may request an application from their local or obtain one by clicking the link above.

 The application form shall be sent to the PFFSD President and postmarked no later than April 1st of each year.

 The PFFSD reserves the right at any time and without giving any reason, to terminate, cancel, or end the scholarship program provided that the scholarships or award already granted and/or announced shall run to the end of the promised and publicly stated date.

 Scholarship Committee - The scholarship committee shall consist of the Professional Firefighters of South Dakota Executive Board.

 The Scholarship committee will select up to five winners. All decisions of the scholarship committee are final.

IAFF Scholarships

 The IAFF sponsors scholarship programs for students attending colleges and universities. Detailed information is provided below. In addition are links detailing scholarships from other organizations that may be of interest to IAFF members and their families.

W. H. "Howie" McClennan Scholarship
Presents awards annually to the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of fire fighters who have died in the line of duty to attend a university, accredited college or school of higher learning in the United States or Canada. To obtain a McClennan Scholarship application please call the IAFF Department of Education at 202-824-1533. Learn more.

Harvard University Trade Union Program Scholarship
Presents two awards to IAFF members in good standing to attend the Harvard University Trade Union Program. Learn more.

Labour College of Canada Residential Program Scholarship
Presents one award annually to IAFF members in good standing to attend the Labour College of Canada Residential Program in Ottawa. Learn more.

 National Labor College Scholarship
The International Association of Fire Fighters annually awards scholarship funds to IAFF members to attend the National Labor College.
For more information please call (202) 737-8484. Learn more.

Non-IAFF Scholarship Programs


AFL-CIO Scholarships


Request an application by calling (605)339-7284  OR   email your request to  You may start applying for the scholarship in October and they will need to be completed in January.

CWA Joe Beirne Scholarship Program

Contact CWA Local 7500 or CWA Local 7505 for information   OR  CLICK HERE FOR THE WEBSITE

AFSCME Advantage Scholarship

Go to for more information

AFSCME International Union $2000 4-year scholarship

Download application at

AFSCME Council 59 $500 Scholarship

To request an application, call (605)352-9443 or email Janice at

Sallie Mae Scholarships

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