In honor of the December 2006 retirement of Arthur E. Cote, who dedicated his career to the fire protection engineering community and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading authorities on fire sprinkler protection and technology, the NFPA has established a scholarship in his name. For further information and an application visit NFPA’s Web site at

 The Arthur E. Cote Scholarship was created to recognize and offer support for individuals pursuing a career in fire protection engineering. In 1977, Cote came to NFPA charged with the responsibility of technical oversight and special projects. Prior to his recent retirement, he was executive vice president and chief engineer overseeing 10 operating departments. Cote is current president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE),vice chair of the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors where he also serves as chair of the finance committee and vice chair of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations International (CFPA-I).

The Arthur E. Cote Scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs. The scholarship is part of the NFPA Memorial Fund established in 1992 to honor individuals, both living and deceased, who are or have been strong fire safety advocates. The Memorial Fund is administered by a committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors.

A college or university will be allowed to nominate one or two full- or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in a fire protection engineering program who intend to pursue a career in fire safety engineering and exhibit scholarship achievement, leadership qualities and concern for others/volunteerism.

A minimum of one scholarship per year of at least $5,000 will be awarded to one or more undergraduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs in either the United States or Canada. Applicants nominated by his/her college or university must submit a completed application, a nomination letter addressing his/her qualifications/achievements and undergraduate academic transcripts in English with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. All materials must reach the Committee no later than April 1, 2007. For further information and an application visit NFPA’s website at