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Lt. Trent A. Kirk Memorial Scholarship Fund

Our Fallen Heroes Foundation started the Lt. Trent A. Kirk Scholarship Fund to contribute towards the education of child dependents of Fallen First Responders within Shelby County.


Lt. Kirk was known in the community for his generosity, friendship, and dedication to his loved ones.  He put others before himself. Education was a priority for Lt. Kirk and Our Fallen Heroes Foundation continues to honor his legacy of love and dedication for his First Responder Brotherhood, community, and family through this scholarship fund.


The Foundation defines Fallen as any First Responder who has given their lives whether in a line of duty death, illness, or accident. The scholarship will be available for students planning to attend a university, accredited college or school of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is for the biological children or stepchildren of Fallen Firefighters, Police,  EMS, or Sheriff’s Department.


Please click on any of the links below to receive additional information for each scholarship.

The deadline to apply for all scholarships is April 15, 2019.



Meet the 2018 Scholarship Recipients

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Payton M. Selby


Payton is currently a freshman at Mississippi State University majoring in marketing. She is not only a student that works hard academically but also works in the community around her to make it better. When she graduates she hopes to use the connections that she has built in college and working with companies to help

Payton M. Selby is the daughter of Fallen Deputy Sheriff George Monroe Selby, of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. EOW 12/04/2002
them  improve their advertisement. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority and has been given many opportunities to serve on and off campus such as teaching inner-city children to read and write after school and volunteering at nursing homes helping residents to play bingo and trivia. She helped raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  She has a passion to give back to her community. 

It was with great honor to present Payton M. Selby with the Lt. Trent A. Kirk First Responders Dependent Scholarship.

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Joshua G. Lerma


Joshua is the son of Fallen Fighter Lt. Javier Lerma of the Memphis Fire Department. EOW 3/8/2000.


Joshua has wanted to be a pharmacist for as long as he could remember. When he was 5 years old his father was killed in the line of duty. It turned his family's world upside down. If it had not been for his mom's career as a pharmacist he would not be in the same position that he is in today. His mom's career as a pharmacist allowed her to work part-time to provide for his family without sacrificing time with her children. She was able to pay for Catholic Education that was something his dad had always wanted for him and his sister and she never missed a sporting event or life event. He has always felt indebted to Pharmacy and is thrilled to give back to the profession. Receiving this scholarship helps him attend the University of Tennessee Health Science and major in pharmacy. His life goal is to be a parent, spouse, pharmacist and a man that his dad would be proud of.

 It was with great honor to present Josh G Lerma with the Lt. Trent A. Kirk Firefighter Fallen In the Line of Duty  Scholarship.


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