The scholarship was created in 1999. It was originally established in the memory of the late Frank W. Potts, for his dedication and commitment to education in the fire service. In 2010, the name of Frank Parcher, one of the founders of the Hancock County Fire Fighters Association, was added to the scholarship title. Both Potts and Parcher dedicated many years to promoting education and training for firefighters. This was beneficial to all departments in the Hancock County Fire Fighters Association by providing our communities with the best in firefighting skills, emergency medical care, and hazardous material awareness when responding to incidents.
This scholarship will be awarded to a student of a Hancock County School Senior Class, or a member of a Hancock County Fire Department, or a Hancock County EMS service, or a Hancock County Law Enforcement Agency who will be attending a college or technical school to further their education in the field of Fire Science, Emergency Medical Care or Law Enforcement.
To apply for this scholarship, the student must complete the application in full, return it to the Hancock County Firefighters Association secretary marked “Attention: Scholarship Committee”. This may be delivered directly or through the local Fire Department Chief, EMS Chief, or Law Enforcement Chief Officer.
All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee and the Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.00 per scholarship. The money will be paid to an accredited school of the recipients choice account in their name.
All applications must be turned in and postmarked on or before May 1 of the current year.
The Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship will be presented at a Hancock County Firefighters Association meeting in June of the current year or at the student’s high school recognition program.