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The Bravest Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the children of Firefighters and Fire Officers who were active members of the Department at the time of their death. In 2016, the Bravest Scholarship Fund will provide over $200,000 in scholarship funds to 76 students. To date, over 300 students have received scholarships, representing $2.8 million in financial support.

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The Bravest Scholarship Fund currently offers scholarships in honor of the following former members:

Captain John Henry "Hans" Meister joined the FDNY in March of 1920 and rose to the rank of Captain. He died on October 13th, 1943, five days after fighting a five alarm electrical fire in Long Island City. Today, Captain Meister’s death would most likely be considered line of duty. The Bravest Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 with donations from the Meister family and their friends.

Battalion Chief Antonio Morelli started work as a firefighter in 1947 and served as a Firefighter and Fire Officer for 28 years, eventually becoming a Battalion Chief. After his retirement in 1975 Tony became the Administrator of the UFOA’s Welfare and Annuity Funds, a position he held for 21 years. Among his many accomplishments, Tony was the founder of the UFOA’s Family Protection Plan. Chief Morelli passed away in 2003.

Lieutenant Vincent J. Bollon joined the FDNY in 1959, fulfilling his ambition to be a New York City fire fighter. He served as a Fire Fighter in the busiest fire station in the Bronx and, as a Fire Officer; he served in the busiest fire station in Harlem. Lt. Bollon was awarded FDNY’s Medal for Bravery twice and was presented with meritorious medals for service on nine separate occasions. Lt. Bollon also served as General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters from 1988 until 2010. He died in 2011.

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