Stephen R. Carden Foundation



 Scholarship Requirements and Submission Criteria for 2021

  • The application process is open to all TARS members, including individuals, teams and agencies.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at time of application.

  • Applications must be received by close of business on March 1, 2021.

  • Incomplete applications or applications with falsified information will not be accepted or considered.

  • Scholarships may only be used for TARS Rescue College classes. Funding will be considered to sponsor a complete class, such as advanced extrication, mass transit, farm/machinery rescue, trench, structural collapse or swift water.

  • Persons awarded scholarships will have one year to attend the class or the scholarship will be forfeited.

  • Due to the pandemic, we are not requiring a class date on the application unless there is a class date posted on our website.  If you are selected and a class date is listed on the website, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the foundation of the class date(s) and send the class/student registration to the state office. TARS will not be holding class spots for the foundation.

  • Prerequisite classes such as Awareness Level Courses and Instructor Methodology Courses are not included in the list of approved classes.

  • If you are applying for a Swift Water Rescue Class, please send in your Rescue College Application to the State Office separately. These classes fill quickly and they cannot hold slots in the classes without applications.

  • The Foundation will notify the TARS State office of the selected recipients and will submit payment on their behalf.

  • Scholarships may be transferred within the same squad/department with a request in writing and approval of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

  • If multiple members are applying from the same department for the same class, each individual member must submit an application.

  • The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital/familial status, religion or disability.

  • All decisions will be made by the Foundation Board of Trustees. The TARS Executive Director will serve as an advisory member to the board but does not have voting privileges.

  • The foundation is independent of TARS, TARS State Officers and the TARS Training Division.

  • Applications may be submitted via email, fax, or mailed to the State Office.

  • Please print clearly or type your application.



Mailing Address:

TARS State Office

2906 Tazewell Pike Suite 'B'

Knoxville, TN 37918

Attn: Carden Foundation

E-mail Submission Address:

TARS State Office Fax:   (865)688-7015

Click the PDF Link Below for Stephen Carden Foundation Application - 2021