First Responders Children’s Foundation Announces 2022 CSX Pride in Service Scholarship Recipients


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NEW YORK, Oct. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), the national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the children of first responders injured or killed in the line of duty, in partnership with CSX, a major freight rail provider in North America , today announced the names of 15 students who will receive the CSX Pride in Service Scholarship for the academic year 2022/2023.

CSX Pride in Service Exchanges were awarded to children of first responders in the communities where the company operates, including a total of 192 awardees in 26 states. Each scholar receives a scholarship for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit, demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and community volunteerism. Recipients are encouraged to reapply each year for a maximum of four years.

“We are so grateful to CSX for their continued support of first responders and their families,” said Jillian Crane, President and CEO of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “CSX understands the importance of giving back to these families, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

CSX Pride in Service Scholars come from diverse backgrounds and study a range of academic disciplines, including accounting, economics, engineering, finance, history, illustration, law, and marketing. Many follow in their parents’ footsteps by entering fields closely related to serving their communities, such as criminal justice and nursing.

“We are very proud of this year’s class of CSX Pride in Service Scholars and are grateful to our partners at the First Responders Children’s Foundation who help make these scholarships possible,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of communications at business at CSX. “At CSX, we are committed to serving those who serve, which includes supporting the entire family unit surrounding first responders. It is such an honor to help them continue their education, while continuing a cycle of service.

This year’s recipients include:

Makenzi Whittemore from Kissimmee, Florida: Makenzi is an incoming junior student studying Criminal Justice/Criminology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the daughter of a firefighter/EMT with Osceola County Fire Rescue.

Jacqueline Drago of Mechanicsville, Virginia: Jacqueline is a freshman studying nursing at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Jacqueline is the daughter of a Richmond Police Department detective.

Sienna Palella from Ruskin, Florida: Sienna is an incoming junior studying law/criminal justice at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Sienna is the daughter of a disabled firefighter with the Barnsboro Fire Department.

Jadyn Cunningham of Barrington, New Hampshire: Jadyn is a freshman studying nursing at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. Jadyn is the daughter of a retired City of Dover Fire and Rescue firefighter/paramedic.

Lauriana Waddell from Thomasville, Georgia: Lauriana is a freshman studying elementary education at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Lauriana is the daughter of a Thomas County Emergency Services 911 dispatch lieutenant.

Matthew Rivera from Spotswood, New Jersey: Matthew is an incoming senior health services management student at West Virginia University. Matthew is the son of a Fugitive Squad parole officer.

About the First Responders Children’s FoundationFor 20 years, the First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided college scholarships to the children of parents of first responders who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also provides grants to families facing significant financial hardship and supports, promotes and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund was established in March 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE and hotel rooms to first responders on the frontlines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for the funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about the First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Follow the First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitterand instagram @1stRCF.

About CSXCSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a leading transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-truck transloading services and solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agriculture and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a vital role in the country’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects all major metropolitan areas in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also connects over 240 shortline railways and over 70 sea, river and lake ports to major population centers and agricultural towns. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

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Source: First Responders Children’s Foundation

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