St. Florian Scholarship Fund
Greater KC Firefighters, IAFF Local 42
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  • St. Florian Scholarship Fund of Kansas City, MO

    In 1996 a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department and proud member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #42 had an idea to start a scholarship fund that would provide a small financial assistance to the children of KCMO Firefighters and IAFF Local 42.  The man with this vision is Timothy Buster and he is the President of the St. Florian Scholarship Fund of Greater Kansas City, MO.

    August 15, 1996 the St. Florian Fund established a 501(c)(3) with the I.R.S. and started fundraising efforts.

    In 1998 the St. Florian Scholarship Fund awarded its first scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to the daughter of a Kansas City, MO Firefighter. From that point forward all of the awarded scholarships have been in the amount of $1000.00 each.

    In 1999 or thereabouts IAFF Local 42 began to merge smaller IAFF Locals and other fire departments that represented within the Kansas City Metropolitan area into Local 42.  Today, the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Local #42 represents Firefighters, Paramedics, EMT's and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County, MO.

    Each year the St. Florian Scholarship Fund opens its enrollment timeline for applicants to submit their applications for consideration.  The St. Florian Scholarship Fund Committee reviews each of the applications submitted and scores them based upon these criteria: community service, academic achievement, as well as need for financial assistance.

    In 2021 the St. Florian Scholarship Fund awarded twelve (12) applicants a $1000.00 Scholarship.  To date the St. Florian Fund has awarded 131 scholarships since its creation in 1996. 


    Aug 29, 2021

    The Kansas City St. Florian Scholarship Fund Committee is comprised of nine (9) members; President, Secretary-Treasurer, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Third Vice-President and four (4) Trustees.  Of the four (4) Trustees two (2) may be members of IAFF Local 42 and two (2) must be members of the Public at Large as set forth in the By-Laws adopted by the Kansas City St. Florian Scholarship Fund Committee.


    Judi Albors, Trustee: Daughter of KCFD Fire Captain George, who died in the line of duty at the Southwest Boulevard fire and explosion in 1959.


    Timothy Buster, President: Retired KCFD Fire Captain, Active Retiree of IAFF Local 42 and member of Greater Kansas City Firefighters Alumni Association.


    Nick Cascone, 2nd Vice-President: Retired KCFD Fire Apparatus Operator and IAFF Local 42 Active Retiree.


    Cindy Circo, Trustee: Director of Contract & Business Center for Evergy.  She is a former elected official for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.  Cindy has uncles, cousins and a son who are past and present members of the fire department. Her proudest title is MOM.


    Tarshish Jones, 3rd Vice-President: KCFD Fire Captain, Station 10, with 23 years of service.  Graduate of Lincoln University of Missouri, Bachelor of Science Degree (Sociology).  Married, wife Corrie and two sons, Tyson and Terrell.


    Michael LaCapra, Secretary-Treasurer: Retired KCFD Fire Apparatus Operator, Active Retiree of IAFF Local 42 and Secretary-Treasurer of Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Alumni Association.


    Eric Rose, Trustee: KCFD Fire Apparatus Operator, Secretary-Treasurer of IAFF Local 42.


    Clare Murphy Shaw, Trustee: Clare is an attorney and is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards in the Kansas City, assisted community groups in seeking nonprofit status and amending their by-laws, written grants, and aided various community development project through her work on neighborhood association boards.


    Sherwood Smith, 1st Vice-President: Retired KCFD Fire Captain, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters President Emeritus and IAFF Local 42 Active Retiree.





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