September 27, 2023

Second-generation firefighter wins scholarship

CSU student Lt. Vincent Harris of the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia is a man on a mission.

“I plan on climbing the career ladder further and possibly become a fire chief. I have seen my father climb the career ladder to this peak and I would like to maybe even go higher than that by looking into the federal government level, a public safety chief, or even moving on into education,” said Harris of his dad Fire Chief Vincent J. Harris.

The younger Harris’ drive is one reason he was awarded the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, which is based on an essay contest sponsored by CSU, one of the nation’s top online universities.

The award honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and military men and women, and covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program with CSU. The scholarship is awarded six times a year.

Harris is very thankful for his scholarship as it “takes a load off our financial backs. It will help me get my education done sooner.” He will apply the award toward an online master’s degree with CSU. He is also seeking an online degree with Waldorf College, CSU’s sister college based in Iowa. “With all this education under my belt, there really is no limit to what may come along in my career.”

CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various fields including criminal justice, fire science, occupational safety and health, and business administration.