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Welcome to the Arizona Wildfire & Incident Academy Scholarship Fund. Our new website is currently under development and will be fully operational soon!

Donations to the scholarship fund may be made by check or charge. Please make checks payable to “AWIMA” with notation on the memo line of “Scholarship”.

Mail to:
1700 Iron Springs Rd
Prescott, AZ 86305

Donations by credit card may be made by clicking on the Academy website link Then click the "Donate" button on the left to make a secure donation. Questions may be directed to AWIMA, Libby Reiman, Assistant Coordinator at 928-442-3563 or emailed to:

Prescott artist Steve Atkinson donated the original painting "Answering the Call" to AWIMA Scholarships. The original was sold to an anonymous buyer and has funded over 90 days of classes!

Art posters are now available (20"x16") to continue funding scholarships. Please send a check or money order for $25 made payable to AWIMA with the memo of "scholarship". Include the shipping address. We can ship to more than one address for multiple orders. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Mail to:
c/o Steve Atkinson Studio
11255 N Waylands Trail
Prescott, AZ 86305

Steve Atkinson, Answering the Call

AWIMA (Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy) is the premier wildland firefighter training facility in Arizona and is nationally recognized. AWIMA’s Mission Statement is “To develop professional and safe responses in the wildland environment by offering training and education that meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating group standards”. Each year, more than 600 firefighters and instructors participate in a week of intense wildland fire fighter scenarios. Training is done at every tier from entry level wildland fire fighting all the way to incident command. Funding is provided through tuition paid by each attending fire fighter, as well as donations and grants from various persons and entities.

Wildland fire fighters saved more than 400 evacuated homes during the Doce Fire that started burning on June 18, 2013. This destructive fire destroyed over 6000 acres of the Granite Mountain Wilderness in Yavapai County, northwest of Prescott, AZ. Less than 2 weeks later, the Yarnell Hill Fire was ignited by lightning. Nineteen Granite Mountain Hot Shot Firefighters tragically lost their lives on June 30, 2013 battling the fire which also led to the loss of more than 120 homes and structures.

As the embers still glowed, citizens came together recognizing that “boots on the ground” trained wildland firefighters were critical to saving resources, homes, property and lives. Their sentiments say it all ...

“It is absolutely critical our firefighters receive the best training possible to save our lives, homes and natural resources while keeping themselves safe. We support the Arizona Wildfire & Incident Management Academy training scholarships and hope you will too.” -Jim & Barb Buchanan

“We can never repay them, but we can support the AWIMA Scholarship Fund.'' -Bill and Peggy Anton and Family

“As we were running for our lives out of there . . . they were running in to save our homes.” -John and Judy Sears