Yalda Shamash of Great Neck was awarded a Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) scholarship. At the Great Neck Vigilant Engine Hook and Ladder Company on June 1, Shamah received a certificate, as well as a check for $1,500 for her volunteer service in the community. She was one of 15 students across New York State chosen for this scholarship out of a total of 86 applicants. The FASNY scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community through community projects, fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention projects, 4-H and the proof of his or her exemplary character traits including community citizenship and dependability. Shamash is set to graduate from Great Neck North High School, and she plans to attend the City College of New York in the fall. In addition to her volunteer work at the fire department, Shamash is the president of the Cancer Awareness Club at Great Neck North High School. Shamash decided to join the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Department as a way to aid the community she has lived in all her life. She is the first person in her family to join a fire department. Shamash said, “This scholarship allows me to be able to venture into the world, learn new things and experience everything that life has to offer.” About FASNY Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.