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About the Foundation

Established in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, The Main Line Chamber Foundation is dedicated to their mission of (1) awarding scholarships to local volunteer firefighters and EMTs, (2) supporting area high school juniors attending PA Free Enterprise Week summer camp, and (3) assisting members’ employees participating in the Chamber’s Leadership Main Line program.

The 501(c)(3) Chamber Foundation’s Fund for Investing in Talent was created in 2016 to enhance professional development throughout the region through support for The Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s programs The Society of Professional Women, The Talent and Education Network and leadership programs including Leadership Main Line.

To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to deserving Main Line recipients. The Foundation's funding has come primarily from The Main Line Run event held each year in September.

Chamber Firefighter Awareness Campaign Page

2018 Firefighter Scholarship Application

The Main Line Chamber Foundation, 2017 Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Awards

The Main Line Emergency Responders Scholarship Program

In 2005, The Main Line Chamber Foundation initiated a four-part project to address issues that impact on the recruitment and recognition of volunteer firefighters and EMT’s and the funding of the volunteer fire companies and emergency medical services in the region.  This effort is a continuation of a class project undertaken by the Chamber’s Leadership Main Line Class of 2004, which highlighted the need for better public awareness of the serious challenges facing volunteer fire and emergency medical services in the region.

The Main Line Chamber Foundation was pleased to award the 2016 scholarships to 29 firefighter/EMT scholarship recipients representing volunteer fire companies serving the Main Line.  The majority of them are working, going to school, and committed to serving as a volunteer firefighter with their local fire company.  Most of the award recipients have a family member who is also a firefighter.  It is truly an honor to present these outstanding young firefighters and EMTs with a scholarship award towards their college education.

The Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship program began in 2006 with $6,000.  In 2007, this program awarded $14,500.  The increase in 2008 awards to $23,000 was due to a fundraiser hosted by Turnaround Management Association (TMA) to honor the memory of Lower Merion firefighter Thomas J. Hays. In 2009 the program was able to award $17,500 in scholarship awards to deserving recipients. In 2010 the Foundation awarded $18,000 in scholarships, $24,500 in 2011, $30,000 in 2012 and $39,000 in 2013. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the community in 2014 & 2015 the program was able to award a record amount of nearly $45,000 in scholarships. In 2016 a total of  29 scholarships were given out equaling $35,000.  

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Please join us in saluting and recognizing our 2016 volunteer firefighter/EMT scholarship recipients:

$10,000 Community Service Leadership Scholarship

Douglas Simpson, 
Newtown Square Fire Company

$5,000 Thomas J. Hays Memorial Scholarships:

Drew Kopicki, Pennwynne Fire Company

Mary Killeen McCans, Narberth Ambulance

Kathryn Smith, Narberth Ambulance

2017 Scholarship Honorees:

Francis Alvare, Oakmont Fire Company and Marple Township Fire Company

Zachary Assenmacher, Oakmont Fire Company

Connor Rian Black, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore

Padraig Black, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore

Eamon Brazunas, Berwyn Fire Company

Severino Butera, Oakmont Fire Company

Mark Christake, Oakmont Fire Company

Jason Everlof, Newtown Square Fire Company

Pearce Flanagan, Gladwyne Fire Company and Narberth Ambulance

Niklaas Fowler, Manoa Fire Company

Justin Fusaro, Gladwyne Fire Company

George Guyer, Newtown Square Fire Company

Mark Ivar Kvalsvik, Penn Wynne - Overbrook Hills Fire Company

Arianna Lozano, Radnor Fire Company

Jared Lutz, Manoa Fire Company

Scott Ryan Marcinko, Radnor Fire Company

Ethan Mazer, Penn Wynne - Overbrook Hills Fire Company

Peter McMillan, Bryn Mawr Fire Company

Vincent Miller, Berwyn Fire Company

Randall Jack Patton, Malvern Fire Company

Ryan Peterson, Berwyn Fire Company

Elizabeth Prather, Radnor Fire Company

Andrew Ritter, Berwyn Fire Company and Collegeville Fire Company

Stephen Sabol, Bryn Mawr Fire Company

Matthew Speers, Oakmont Fire Company

Jared Ursta, Union Fire Association

Brennan Verges, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore

Erika Zaslow, Narberth Ambulance

Photo provided by Lowy Photography 

The Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Program is designed to provide recognition for this important group of dedicated community servants who are part of the 17 volunteer fire companies serving the Main Line. With generous community support, The Main Line Chamber Foundation Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship program will continue to grow and provide support, recognition, and honor to the young firefighters serving our communities.

If you would like to contribute to the Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Scholarship Program or for additional information, please contact The Main Line Chamber Foundation at 610-687-6232.

The future is in your hands. 
Please find it in your heart to give.
Even just a little gift will help!


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