Winners of AFSA's 2011 National Scholarship Contest Announced

DALLAS - The American Fire Sprinkler Association is offering assistance, through its online scholarship program,, to 10 lucky graduating high school seniors as they pursue their higher education goals. These national winners were randomly selected from 53,760 students who entered to receive a one-time $2,000 AFSA scholarship payable to their respective college, university or trade school. This online scholarship awards 10 $2,000 prizes annually. The 10 national winners for 2011 are:

Allison Cook, Granite Bay, Calif.;
Amanda Castillo, San Antonio, Texas;
Ashley Dolbee, Waterford, Calif.;
Jonnie Eckles, Scammon, Kan.;
Jordan Bowker, Savannah, Ga.;
Joseph Vitale, Bloomsbury, N.J.;
Leanna Thomas, Nixa, Mo.;
Michael Rogers, Chicopee, Mass.;
Omar Guzman, Compton, Calif.; and
Rachel Bessire, Arlington, Wash.

To be eligible, applicants must be a current high school senior planning to attend a U.S. college, university or trade school in the coming fall. Applicants are required to read a passage about fire sprinklers - which describes their history, how they operate to save lives and property, and the types of careers that are available in the industry - and take a ten-question reading comprehension test. For each question answered correctly, the student receives one entry into a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 scholarships. A total of 10 entries per applicant into the drawing are possible. Since its creation in 1996, the AFSA Scholarship Contest has sought to promote the scholarship outside of the fire sprinkler industry in the hope of reaching students who may otherwise never have recognized the importance of automatic fire protection.

Now in its 15th year, the AFSA scholarship continues to grow attracting over 248,562 unique visitors to its Web site,, during the 2010-11 school year alone. The AFSA Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents. The 2012 contest will begin in August 2012. For more information, visit

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