FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION AND CSX AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPONDERS
28 deserving children of first responders in need receive grants to help them follow their dreams of a post-secondary education
NEW YORK, NY (November 14, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a non-profit organization that supports the families of first responders who are permanently disabled, have died in the line of duty or are facing other financial hardships, has announced recipients of the first round of scholarships sponsored by CSX, a premier transportation company. On a mission to expand the organization’s reach and resources for children of first responders, FRCF partnered with CSX through the company’s Pride in Service initiative, which connects military, veterans, first responders and their families to the resources and support they need – when and where they need it.
The CSX Pride in Service Scholarships are designated to answer a specific need for first responder families due to tragic circumstances or financial hardships. A total of 28 scholarships have been awarded to students attending colleges and universities across the nation. Many of the students are pursuing careers that will allow them to give back to the community including nursing, psychology, biology, cyber security, forensic science and criminal justice.
“When tragedy strikes in service to our communities, the families of first responders are often left with significant financial burdens in addition to the emotional toll,” said Jillian Crane, president of FRCF. “In partnership with CSX, we are honored to provide critical support to help our heroes of tomorrow pursue their dreams of post-secondary education.”
“My dad was a first responder in the New York Police Department and despite injuries sustained through his heroic actions on September 11th, he still supports me and my three siblings who are all attending college at the same time. I cannot thank First Responders Children’s Foundation enough for the scholarships they awarded our family this year,” said Jack Kilgen, one of the four Kilgen family scholarship recipients from Blue Point, New York, pursuing their degrees. “Achieving my bachelor’s degree this spring will be a dream come true.”
FRCF’s partnership with CSX also includes emergency grants for first responder families in need, as well as industry grants for police stations, fire departments and other organizations for public safety education and child safety needs.
“We are proud to present these students with these well-deserved scholarships through our partnership with the First Responders Children’s Foundation,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of corporate communications at CSX. “Through the CSX Pride in Service program, we are committed to supporting the families of the brave men and women who risk their lives in service of our communities.”
FRCF is accepting scholarship applications on a rolling basis. Children of first responders who are attending or plan to attend a post-secondary institution can learn more and apply at www.1strcf.org. Follow FRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.
About First Responders Children’s Foundation
For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.