Stan Stewart was a longtime Hotshot with the Los Padres IHC (1974-2010), a founding member of the U.S. Hotshots Association (USHA), and the Assn’s first President elect. He passed in 2017, after a long fight with cancer, after having made an unforgettable impact on the Hotshot community, and greater wildland fire service, as well as all who worked with and for him directly. A natural mentor, leader, teacher, and organizer who valued training and education as paramount, Stan worked tirelessly to get our Association in a position to help support both current and former Hotshots, as well as Hotshot families in need. This scholarship is a part of his dream, and as such, is named in his honor.
The USHA Stan Stewart Scholarship was created to aid Hotshots and Hotshot families in their pursuit of personal and community improvement, through higher education, and the learning of marketable trades and skills. We wish each of you the best of luck in whatever path you choose in life, and we welcome your application for consideration.
To qualify for the U.S. Hotshots Association scholarship an applicant must be one (or more) of the following:
*Immediate family refers to a person’s parents, spouse, children, and siblings and will also include the parent’s spouse. Step children and adopted children, and their spouses, are included under the purview of immediate family (https://definitions.uslegal.com/i/immediate-family/)
USHA Officers and BOD members as well as their immediate families are not eligible to be awarded scholarship support.
To account for the varying start dates of college semesters and trade schools, applications will be reviewed, and scholarships will be awarded biannually.
To apply the applicant must complete and submit the standard USHA Scholarship Application. The link to this application is found at the bottom of this page. This application includes the requirement to submit a 500 to 1000-word essay. The purpose of this essay is to describe your reasons for requesting scholarship support. It also allows the applicant to provide the scholarship committee members insight into the applicant goals and future plans. This essay portion will be judged on their needs request, writing skills and creativity.
Required Documents Checklist:
The number and dollar amount of USHA scholarships awarded will be dependent on funds available and the number of applicants. A goal of $5,000 in scholarship awards annually has been targeted. This targeted amount will be evaluated by USHA BOD to determine the exact amount to be awarded per each award cycle.
Best of luck in your journey, and thank you for checking out our USHA Scholarship page.
For complete application and selection criteria, please see the link below.