Providing an Education for the Children We Leave Behind

In sacrificing their lives to save others, fallen fire fighters are often survived by a spouse and children. When this happens, these families worry about how they will continue to save and pay for college.

Each year, the W.H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship Fund helps more than 40 students – children of fallen IAFF members – pay for their post-secondary education. Since its inception, more than 400 scholarships totaling $1.3 million have been awarded through the W.H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship Fund.

The fund is named for former IAFF President William “Howie” McClennan, who began his career as a Boston fire fighter in 1942.


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