IRVING, TX – June 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the first time in the history of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) Youth Scholarship Award program, two students have tied for first place. Jordan Biltoft, Spokane, Wash. and Ryan Patton, Yorba Linda, Calif. were this year’s winners and will receive $5,000 each.

Scholarship recipients are chosen on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and an essay on “How Your Father, Mother or Guardian Helps Us Secure Our Community.”

Biltoft, son of Fire Equipment Operator Leigh Biltoft, and a graduate of East Valley High School, plans to attend Eastern Washington University.

A graduate of Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif., Patton is the son of Charles Patton, deputy sheriff for Orange County, Calif. He plans to attend Stanford University.

Created in 1996 to promote goodwill among the electronic systems industry and police and fire officials, this program provides college scholarship awards to deserving sons and daughters of police and fire officials. Traditionally the award is split between first and second place winners with each receiving $6,500 and $3,500 respectively. Because of the tie, the association decided to split the $10,000 evenly between the two winners.

Several of NBFAA’s chartered chapters participate in the national award program and conduct state-wide contests. In addition to California and Washington, other state association scholarship winners were: Ashley Kennedy, Enfield, Conn.; Kallyn Jones, Leesville, La.; Ashley Rumple, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Arden Beesley, Nutley, N.J; Philip Viglione, Pen Argyl, Pa.; and Jessica Hill, Brentwood, Tenn.

NBFAA, a non-profit 501(c) 6 trade association, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry. Member companies specialize in a wide spectrum of services to commercial and residential consumers, including security and fire alarms, video surveillance, access control and monitoring.

The NBFAA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.alarm.org

News issued by: National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association

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