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Bank of America grant supports firefighting students

Seminole State minority firefighting students will benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation for Seminole State College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help disadvantaged minorities become firefighters.

The Workforce Development & Education Grant is the second grant Bank of America has awarded the Foundation since 2012. Both grants, part of the newly created Bank of America Public Safety Scholars program, support minority students enrolling in the Fire Academy program at Seminole State.

“Bank of America’s continuing support will help minority students obtain the education and training they need to pursue careers in firefighting,” says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State. “Access to job opportunities is critical to our national economic recovery.”

Because the Fire Academy’s fire standards course is a short-term training program, federal financial aid often is not available to students. The estimated $1,000 in costs for instructional equipment, uniforms and materials can be prohibitive for low-income students.

The Workforce Development & Education Grant is part of ongoing investments by Bank of America to help connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to employment opportunities and success.

“We’re proud to support the Foundation for Seminole State College and its efforts to connect students to employment opportunities in public safety,” said John Moskos, Central Florida market president for Bank of America. “Our support for education and jobs is at the core of Bank of America’s commitment to aid the economic health of our community.”

Seminole State will partner with the Seminole County Public Schools, Workforce Central Florida and community organizations to recruit minority students for the Fire Academy program. The Foundation also received a $10,000 Workforce Development & Education Grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation last year.  

Seminole State has been training Central Florida’s firefighters since 1973. The College has the only certified training center in Seminole County and one of the largest in Central Florida.

About the Center for Public Safety

Seminole State's Center for Public Safety is a statewide educational resource for all aspects of criminal justice, fire science and EMS. In addition to preparing future first responders, the Center for Public Safety also provides advanced, specialized and in-service training for current law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. For more information, please visit the Public Safety website.


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is awarding more than $22 million in grants to more than 1,050 nonprofits that support workforce development and education initiatives. According to estimates provided by grant recipients, the funding will enable community organizations to reach nearly 9 million people, match more than 115,000 youth with mentors, and help around 27,000 students graduate with a degree or certification. The grants focus on low- and moderate-income communities that have been hardest hit in the economic downturn.  The funding is part of the company’s intensified philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities – housing, jobs and hunger – and represents an important component of Bank of America’s commitment to making communities better places in which to live and do business.

About Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

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