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Daniel A. Terry Scholarship

The California Fire Foundation is committed to supporting the families of California firefighters, and when a family suffers the unimaginable trauma of the loss of parent in the line of duty, the Foundation steps up to lend a helping hand to the children of the fallen.   

Named for California Professional Firefighters President-Emeritus Daniel A. Terry, the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program was conceived to help the children of fallen firefighters realize their dreams of receiving a higher education by providing financial assistance turning those dreams into a reality. 

Since its inception in 2007, the program has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds to more than 100 students. 

Each initial scholarship award is $3,000 renewable for up to four years, for a total award package of up to $12,000.   


To be eligible for the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship, an applicant must be the natural or legally adopted child of a California firefighter who died in the line of duty and whose name appears or is approved to appear on the California Firefighters Memorial Wall.  

Applicants must also be under 27 years of age at the application closing date and must possess a high school diploma or equivalent or be in the final year of high school. 

The deadline for 2024 applications to the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship is June 1st, 2024.  

To download the application, CLICK HERE. Applications may be submitted via mail or by emailing cafirefoundation@cpf.org. 

If you have any questions about your application, please contact the California Fire Foundation at (916) 641-1707. 

Additional Education Benefits:

Please see our Family Resource Guide for information about additional education benefits including the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act that enables qualified fallen firefighter survivors to attend public California colleges and universities without having to pay tuition or other fees.