The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2017 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Maddy Rangel of Jericho, NY. Rangel received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for her volunteer service in the community from Robert Ottaviano, member of the FASNY Board of Directors.
“I joined the fire department because my sister encouraged me to join,” stated Rangel. “My sister joined two years before me and I saw the great friendships she made and how much she was contributing to our community.”
Rangel will be attending Cornell University this coming fall and will be studying biometry and statistics. After earning her degree, her goal is to become a pediatrician.
Outside of the fire department, Rangel was co-president of the class of 2017 and captain of the fencing team.
Rangel is one of 20 students chosen for this scholarship.
“This scholarship was an honor to me and my family,” said Rangel. “I am very grateful for the assistance it has provided as I pursue a higher education.”
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community, such as serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention, and other projects. Additional criteria include consistent demonstration of good character and completion of a written essay.
About the Gerald J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship Program
The Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship program is made possible each June through the generous donations of individuals, fire departments and auxiliaries. This year, Provident Agency Inc., the provider of the accidental death and dismemberment insurance for FASNY members, has again provided major underwriting support to help FASNY award scholarships to young volunteers. FASNY would also like to recognize the in-kind support donated by McNeil and Co., which provides more than 80 hours of administrative work needed to process the applications and awards.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com