Several local students were awarded college scholarships Thursday, May 22 at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Headquarters.
The money for the Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters’ Scholarship Fund is raised at the annual Firefighters’ 5k during 9/11 week, where many firefighters and their wives run in bunker gear to show their support for the nation’s public servants.
This year’s race will be held on Sept. 13.
This year, the race raised $13,250, which allowed 21 local high schools students to get college scholarships. This brings the four-year total to $33,000 given back to the community. The students wrote essays about what they would like to do in the future, and the winners were chosen based upon those who are interested in giving back to the community in some way.
The recipients included Wellington High School Student Erin McNally, who received the Carey Tiersch Memorial Scholarship in memory of Carey Tiersch, a fire safety specialist who passed away last October from breast cancer. McNally will attend Florida State University to study early childhood education.
ABOVE: Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters Scholarship recipients.