Many students in the FPE program at Cal Poly have received scholarships to help defray their educational costs. One ambitious student obtained enough scholarship support to pay for almost the entire tuition costs of the program. Some of the scholarship opportunities available to FPE students are listed below.

Diverse Education Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to promote multidisciplinary education and is available to undergraduate degree from a different major than their graduate program of study. For example, an engineering or science undergraduate degree and a graduate business degree, but applicants are not limited to this combination. This scholarship supports the creation of a campus-wide graduate community that embraces all colleges and majors.

Diverse Education Scholarship

FPE Alumni Scholarship

Amount: $500

This scholarship is supported by contributions from Cal Poly FPE alumni and friends of the FPE program at Cal Poly. Awards of $500 are available to eligible students in the FPE program at Cal Poly. This scholarship is awarded by the FPE program.


Frank J. Calabrese Memorial Scholarship

The Frank J. Calabrese Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Frank’s legacy and to commemorate his passion for the education and wellbeing of Cal Poly students. This scholarship supports students in all class levels for Industrial Technology students and graduate level for Fire Protection Engineering. This scholarship is awarded every other year by the FPE program.


FSSA Educational Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline:

The FSSA Educational Foundation is now accepting applications from talented and worthy young people within the fire suppression industry for 2015-16. The deadline to submit applications for the current award cycle is July 1, 2015. See the scholarship website for more details and the application form.

FSSA Educational Foundation Scholarship Info

NFPA Scholarships

This program is on hold for now. Please check back for updates.

FAMA Philip J. Turner Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: June 1

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association offers one (1) $5,000 scholarship to a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student registered in a four-year fire protection engineering program or in a full-time master’s degree program in fire protection engineering or administration. The application closing date is June 1. See the FAMA Scholarship website for more information.

FAMA Philip J. Turner Scholarship

Southern California SFPE Chapter Scholarship

Amount: $2000

Application Deadline: October 31

The Southern California Chapter of SFPE awards an annual academic scholarship to the most qualified candidate in the amount of $2000. The primary purpose of the Southern California SFPE Scholarship Award is to promote interest and public awareness of the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering and to promote and encourage students to study for a career in Fire Protection Engineering. Those eligible to apply must be enrolled in the Fire Protection Engineering degree program at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. Eligible applicants must complete the application and submit it no later than October 31. Applications will be awarded by December 31.

The scholarship is funded by SFPE Southern California Chapter’s annual Symposium. Financial support for the Symposium directly supports this scholarship, and its potential expansion.

SFPE Chapter Scholarship

Honeywell Life Safety Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Honeywell Life Safety supports a $5,000 scholarship for Cal Poly FPE students. This scholarship is awarded by the FPE program.


SFPE Chapters

A number of SFPE chapters award scholarships to FPE students. Student should check with their local SFPE chapters to see if the chapter sponsors any scholarships. Also see the SFPE careers website for a list of these scholarships (but be advised that some of the links are broken). Two of the chapters that have supported scholarships for Cal Poly students in the past

Greater Atlanta Chapter Scholarship Northern California-Nevada Chapter

This information is provided to current and prospective students in the FPE program at Cal Poly for their own pursuit. The FPE program at Cal Poly cannot and does not file scholarship applications on behalf of students and the FPE program cannot guarantee scholarship applications will be successful. Professors and advisors in the FPE program will write letters of recommendation or reference in support of scholarship applications as needed.

If anyone is aware of other scholarship opportunities for FPE students at Cal Poly, please let us know at