Foundation - Thomas W. Posler Fire Academy Scholarship
The Thomas W. Posler Fire Technology Scholarship was created in memory of Tom, to provide financial support to full or part-time second year student(s) pursuing their education in the Fire Technology Associate Degree Program. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).
The annual scholarship award is provided in memory of Thomas W. Posler, a Firefighter. Tom’s children established this memorial scholarship to provide assistance to deserving young men and women who have aspirations to serve their communities, as Tom did throughout his life. Tom joined the Wayne-Nankin Fire Department in 1956. In 1963, he transferred to the Nankin Fire Department which later became the Westland Fire Department. Tom rose through the ranks, being promoted to Sergeant in 1963, to Lieutenant in 1966, to Shift Commander in 1974 and to Assistant Chief and Training Officer in 1978, and finally to Acting Chief, the position from which he retired in 1982. Tom was instrumental in developing firefighter training programs, including the first complete firefighter training program in Michigan. He taught fire safety and emergency medical treatment at Washtenaw Community college and Madonna University. Tom’s children hope that the recipients of the memorial scholarship will demonstrate the same commitment as Tom did to community service and fire safety. See instructor for more details.