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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2016 01:00 PM
From: Representative Frank Burns
To: All House members
Subject: Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship Act
In the near future I intend to introduce legislation that would create the Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship Act. This Act, if signed into law, would allow the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency to award scholarships to active members of volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services, or volunteer rescue squads.

Applicants would be required to be a member of a volunteer organization for at least six months and maintain active volunteer status, have graduated from high school or have received a high school equivalency diploma, enroll in a degree-producing curriculum at an institution of higher education within a fifty-mile radius of the volunteer organization (or if none exist, the next closest institution), be a legal resident of the Commonwealth, maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0, and apply for all federal, state, or other education grant aid at the time of enrollment. Individual scholarships will be limited to the amount charged by those institutions within the State System of Higher Education, minus any other grant aid received by the applicant.

Volunteer firefighters, ambulance service volunteers, and members of volunteer rescue squads are some of the bravest, most dedicated and valued citizens of our Commonwealth, and I believe this legislation will better aid our volunteer organizations in recruiting and maintaining new members.

I hope you will join me be in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB48