The Anne Arundel Firefighters Emerald Society, Inc. (501c3) is seeking applications for their first annual #1818Strong Scholarship award. The Scholarship, announced in March of 2022, is in honor of Firefighter Greg Leonard of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Greg, whose fire department badge number was 1818, battled against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was an inspiration to all of his family, friends, and colleagues. The #1818Strong Scholarship will provide an annual investment toward the educational future of Greg’s sons, Kip and Dash. In addition to that investment, one or several awards will be issued annually to qualified applicants to help them in their educational journey.
To be qualified, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The annual Scholarship(s) will be awarded in May of 2023. Interested applicants should submit an application letter to the Anne Arundel Firefighters Emerald Society by March 17, 2023. The application letter should describe how the applicant meets the qualifications listed above and each of the following judging criteria:
Up to three letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged. Applications must be received by March 17, 2023, in order to be considered. Applications should be mailed to:
Anne Arundel Firefighters Emerald Society, Inc.
Attn: Scholarship Committee
1649 Colony Rd.
Pasadena, MD 21122
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In 2021, Firefighter Greg Leonard was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Greg's family and friends rallied around him to help him fight the disease and the #1818Strong hashtag was born, recognizing Greg's fire department badge number.
The Scholarship Fund will award annual scholarships to Anne Arundel County fire service members who have retired due to injury or illness, or to the families of Anne Arundel County fire service members who have retired due to injury or illness, or who suffered a Line of Duty Death
The #1818Strong Scholarship fund provides an annual investment for Greg's boys, Kip and Dash. This fund will help ensure that Greg and his family do not have to worry about funding their boy's future education needs. Two-thirds of the funds are invested annually into the boy's accounts.
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