Clyde Harnack Endowed Firefighter Scholarship

Clyde Harnack was a mentally challenged resident of Royal Oak who always wanted to be a firefighter. Clyde had the highest regard for the fire service. He volunteered his time and energy to the Royal Oak fire department and the local community throughout his lifetime. Upon his tragic death in 1991, his friends started the scholarship to honor his memory and continue his legacy.

To be eligible for this award, applicants:

  • MUST be a citizen of the United States
  • MUST be at least 18 years of age
  • MUST be accepted in the Fire Fighter Technology Academy (FFT.AAS or FFT.CA)
  • MUST be a High School graduate or have a GED equivalent
  • MUST have a felony free conviction record
  • MUST be used for tuition and other educational expenses
  • MUST meet specific physical requirements:
    The applicant must possess normal hearing and visual functions with acuity in each eye correctable to 20/20.
    Is free from any impediment of the senses, physically sound, in possession of extremities and well developed physically, with height and weight in relation to each other as indicated by acceptable medical standards.
    Is free from any physical defects, chronic diseases, organic diseases, organic or functional conditions, or mental instabilities which may tend to impair functional performance of duty or which may endanger the lives of others or him/herself.
    Proof of a completed Physical report must be submitted in writing, and indicate that the physician realizes what type of physical activity the candidate will be undertaking during the Academy.
  • MUST write a thank-you letter to the donor
  • MUST NOT be an OCC employee or family member receiving tuition reimbursement
  • MUST NOT be a College guest student, high school guest student or high school dual enrolled student

Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicant must submit proof of a completed physical from your physician with the understanding of the type of physical activity required of you during the Fire Fighter Academy.