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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 its mission of (1) awarding scholarships to local volunteer firefighters and EMTs; (2) supporting area high school students attending PA Free Enterprise Week summer camp; (3) assisting members’ employees participating in the Chamber’s Leadership Main Line program; and (4) supporting the Fund for Investing in Talent.

The 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

 Firefighter Scholarship Application

The 2020 Firefighter Scholarship Application is now available.

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 2019 scholarships to 39 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 to deserving individuals.  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.  To date, we are proud to announce we have awarded $351,000 in scholarships to those who help us when we need them most.

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

Please join us in saluting and recognizing our 2019 volunteer firefighter/EMT scholarship recipients:

$10,000 Community Service Leadership Scholarship

Leya Givvines
, Narberth Ambulance Company 

$5,000 Thomas J. Hays Memorial Scholarships:

Ethan Mazer, Penn Wynne Fire Company

John Trainor, Merion fire Company of Ardmore 

Ruel Brown, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore 

2019 Scholarship Honorees:

Kevin Beck, East Whiteland Fire Company 

Connor Black, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore 

Padraig Black, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore 

Jermaine Brinkley, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore 

Tyler Brundage, Berwyn Fire Company 

 Butera Addesso, Oakmont Fire Company

Joseph Certo, Newtown Square Fire

Clay Cochran, Berwyn Fire

Michael Corbett, Bryn 
Mawr Fire Company 

Kevin Dillard, Union Fire

Carlie Ann Fischer, Narberth

Colin Stone Flanagan, Gladwyne Fire

Pearce Flanagan, Narberth Ambulance

Thomas Flynn IV, East Whiteland Fire

Claire Friedlander, Gladwyne Fire

Fusaro, Gladwyne Fire Company


Kevin Kelley, Belmont Hills Fire Company 

Caitlin Marie Henderson, Narberth Fire

Cara Hornung, Narberth

Justin Joffe, Narberth

Jasper Lim-
Goyette, Penn Wynne Fire Company

Christine Luczka, Narberth


Scott Miesen, Berwyn Fire Company 

Aaron Miller, Narberth

Vincent Miller, Berwyn Fire

Nalbone III, Berwyn Fire Company

Nudy, Berwyn Fire Company 

Randall Patton, Paoli Fire

Andrew Ritter, Berwyn Fire

Steven Sabol, Bryn 
Mawr Fire Company 


Benjamin Schmid, Penn Wynne Fire Company 

Matthew Smith-Tucker, Berwyn Fire

Sondergaard, Berwyn Fire Company


Brennan Verges, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore 

 Weintraub, Narberth Ambulance

Photo courtesy of Joe Stefankiewicz

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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