Phyllis Howard photo

Phyllis Howard Memorial Scholarship

Supporting students in the firefighting community.

Winter Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

- Currently reside in Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County.
- Be a member or a family member of a member of the IAFF Local 413 Firefighters, or studying fire science or to be an EMT.
- Demonstrate financial need.


Academic performance will be given high priority consideration in the selection process.

Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of nine semester hours in the upcoming school year.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

Phyllis Howard was one of the best known Alarm Operators on the Rockford Fire Department for almost 30 years. She began her career in 1982. As an active member of Local 413, she worked tirelessly on many fundraisers and helped organize many union events. She was best known for her many lines including, “Be advised, you’re on the bubble.” Phyllis passed away July 27, 2011.