Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association & Sentinel Police Association
The Sentinel Police Association (SPA) was established in 1968 by a number of courageous African-American Police Officers. The Cincinnati African American Firefighter Association (CAAFA) was founded during the 1980’s. Both groups were formed to address discriminatory practices within the police and fire departments. Some of the goals were to ensure equitable treatment in daily activities as well as in hiring and promoting. Today both organizations continue to work on original goals as well as bridging the gap between the police, fire and the community. Together we strive to educate and encourage our youth to consider a career as a police officer or fire fighter.
The Cincinnati Fire Fighters Association and the Sentinel Police Association have awarded over $30,000 in scholarship money over the past ten years. Our goal is to assist Cincinnati Public School students as well as students in the Hamilton County area with money toward college expenses.
In order to qualify, the following criteria must be adhered to:
- Graduating Senior
- College bound with a minimal of 2.7 grade point average
- Submit a 500 word (2 page) essay on the listed topic
- Must possess good character and be involved in some type of extracurricular activity, community service, outside employment or help in the home
- Submit a letter of reference from a non-family member
- We will award five scholarships to the top five candidates