Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department David Zuskin Memorial Scholarship

Purpose

To honor the sacrifices of local emergency responders and their families and to promote continuing education at institutions of higher learning. Priority will be given to a student who volunteers with the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department or any Prince George County Emergency Services Department, or who is a dependent of a current or former volunteer of the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department or any Prince George County Emergency Services Department. Preference will also be given to individuals interested in pursuing a course of study in the medical field or receiving appropriate training as a full-time or part-time firefighter or emergency services. Students must meet the basic requirements as outlined in the scholarship guidelines below.

Background

The Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department David Zuskin Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986. David, who was chief of the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department and a fire inspector at Fort Lee, passed away in a drowning accident on the James River near Flowerdew Hundred Plantation in May of 1985. He jumped off an electric tower base to swim to help a man and child in his boat. The boat would not start and was floating away from the tower to which it had been attached. David’s brother, Dickie Zuskin, who is an active member with the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department and recently celebrated 50 years of service with the department, recalls how members of the Fort Lee and the Prince George community lined the streets to pay final respects to his brother David, who was so dearly loved by all who knew him.

In October, 2016, The Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department transferred the scholarship program to the John Randolph Foundation to administer. The Foundation is honored and humbled to assist the Zuskin family and Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department in ensuring that David’s legacy of serving his community, touching lives, and living with zeal will never be forgotten.

Policy

The scholarship program is available to students residing in Prince George County. Student interns working for John Randolph Foundation are eligible to apply; however, foundation trustees, other foundation employees and their immediate families (parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, and anyone claimed as a dependent for tax purposes) are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Express an interest in continuing education at institutions of higher learning. Preference will be given to individuals interested in pursuing a course of study in the medical field or receiving appropriate training as a full-time or part-time firefighter or emergency services provider. Priority will be given to a student who volunteers with the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department or any Prince George County Emergency Services Department, or who is a dependent of a current or former volunteer of the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department or any Prince George County Emergency Services Department.
  2. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE which includes the ability to UPLOAD the required “attachments” requested on the application;
  3. Be a well-rounded individual with extracurricular activities;
  4. Demonstrate active participation in the community;
  5. Must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Criteria Scoring

  • (5) Letters of Recommendation
  • (5) Extracurricular Activities/Career Goals
  • (5) Essay
  • (10) Academics
  • (15) Priority given to a DVFD member or member’s dependent
  • (10) Priority given to a PG Fire and EMS member or member’s dependent
  • (10) Priority given to applicants planning on a career in the medical field/emergency services

Procedure

The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be paid directly to the school for current year tuition, fees, books purchased through the institution attended, and on-campus dormitory and meal plan expenses. The scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications and announce awards each spring. The committee will also review and revise the scholarship policy and criteria as necessary.

The application must be submitted online at johnrandolphfoundation.org.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • The application must be completed online. All required documents must be attached to the online application. Any documents mailed or dropped off at the John Randolph Foundation will not be accepted and the application will be deemed incomplete.
  • The deadline for the submission of the online application is 4:00 PM on February 15.
  • If the above due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline becomes the next business day by 4:00 PM.
  • Direct any questions to the foundation office at 458-2239.

Required Documents

All required documents must be uploaded with the application. Any mailed or hand-delivered documents will not be accepted.

  • Academic Transcript(s) (High School or College whichever applies.)
  • SAT Scores or Relevant Test Scores (GRE's, ACT, MCATS, etc.) - Check to see if SAT Test Scores are listed on your official high school transcript. If so, no need to submit separately.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) – Submit pages 1 & 2 of the SAR Report which provides the EFC# (Expected Family Contribution) and Student’s Information – SAR and EFC# is generated from the completed FAFSA Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Current)

Failure to submit the online application with all documents attached to the application by the deadline will disqualify an applicant from consideration for the Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department David Zuskin Memorial Scholarship. The John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Committee reserves the right to interview applicants in the final stages of selection.

The decision of the scholarship committee in all matters regarding scholarships is final. Canvassing a scholarship benefactor, any John Randolph Foundation trustee or employee shall result in immediate disqualification. Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds, meeting the criteria as outlined in the guidelines of the individual scholarship program and contingent upon acceptance and enrollment in an approved program.

John Randolph Foundation respects the privacy of scholarship applicants. Any personal or financial information will be used for the purpose of assessing the scholarship application and will be made available solely to the Foundation's staff and scholarship selection committee. We make every effort to maintain your confidentiality.

John Randolph Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Organization

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