Jack McNamara Scholarship Fund


Jack McNamara Memorial Scholarship Fund


Jack McNamara Memorial Fund History

The Automatic Fire Alarm Association created the Fire Techs of the Future Scholarship program in 2022, when AFAA awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship. The program was initially conceived to offer $1,000.00 scholarship(s) to one or more student(s) studying fire alarm technology at a postsecondary institution.

Our goal was quite simple: Give back to our industry and support the education of the next generation of fire alarm technicians. On June 9th, 2022, two days after our inaugural scholarship was awarded during the AFAA Annual Breakfast in Boston, MA, Jack McNamara lost his life in a motorcycle accident. At our next Board Meeting, the AFAA Board of Directors voted to unanimously change the name of our Scholarship program to honor someone that meant so much to the Automatic Fire Alarm Association and the Life Safety Industry. Jack had a long and distinguished career of more than 45 years in fire protection and served on the AFAA Board of Directors from 2014 – 2016 as our first President.

In 2023, we honored Jack and the McNamara family by awarding the first Jack McNamara Memorial Scholarship fund with an increased amount of $5,000. Jack’s daughter Michelle was there representing the McNamara family for the first ever Jack McNamara Memorial Scholarship. We are so proud to honor someone who has given so much to this industry.


How You Can Help

We are now able to accept donations for our Jack McNamara Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in making a donation, please click the link below. Donation amounts can be customized to fit your budget. Just select the amount you would like to donate!

How to apply


The recipient must be registered in a postsecondary associate degree program or equivalent with a concentration in fire alarm technology related courses.

Application Process

The applicant must submit a transcript of their academic grades and a letter application summarizing their current studies, extracurricular activities, and involvement with and career plans in the fire alarm industry. Deadline for submittal is Friday, June 7th. Please use the link below to submit your application.

Selection Process

The scholarship winner will be selected by the AFAA Scholarship Committee and awarded at the Automatic Fire Alarm Annual Breakfast on Tuesday, June 18th in conjunction with the NFPA Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Recipient History

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Eric Bridges 2023 Jack McNamara Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Jordan Lin 2022 Scholarship Recipient

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