Cradlepoint, Verizon Establish Scholarship for Students Introduced in Becoming Responders
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | Comments

Cradlepoint and Verizon Frontline announced they will donate $50,000 to the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) to help establish a Verizon Frontline and Cradlepoint public-safety scholarship.

Co-funded by Cradlepoint’s FirstConnect Program and Verizon Frontline, the joint-scholarship was created to award financial assistance to anyone planning to enter the public safety field.

“As a result of the pandemic and its ongoing repercussions, first responders have gone through unprecedented challenges the last two years, but they’ve remained strong to keep their communities and families safe,” said FRCF President Jillian Crane. “Thanks to Cradlepoint and Verizon’s joint-scholarship, FRCF can continue our mission of looking after the welfare of first responder families, especially during a time when the community needs us the most.”

Based in New York, FRCF is an organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the necessary resources to help them thrive. It provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. FRCF also supports, promotes and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations.

“Cradlepoint continues to be humbled by the sacrifices made by first responders and their families,” said Todd Krautkremer, chief marketing officer at Cradlepoint. “We created this joint scholarship program with Verizon Frontline to help first responder families and demonstrate our gratitude and support of the public safety community.”

Cradlepoint’s FirstConnect program eases the challenges often faced by first responder organizations with deploying and supporting the company’s wireless edge solutions that take advantage of public safety broadband networks. These challenges include applying for grant monies to help fund purchases, the installation of in-vehicle routers, training of IT and operational staff, and around the clock priority access to knowledgeable support resources.

“For more than 30 years, Verizon Frontline has provided the mission-critical communications first responders need to accomplish their missions,” said Maggie Hallbach, senior vice president of Verizon Public Sector. “The establishment of the Verizon Frontline and Cradlepoint FirstConnect public safety scholarship will help support those future first responders willing to commit themselves to a career in public service.”

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