Simpson University Offers Scholarships to Carr & Camp Fire Families


REDDING, Calif.—When Dr. Norm Hall arrived in Redding in June to become Simpson University’s 15th president, he was already in love with the beauty of Northern California.


A longtime Midwesterner, he was not prepared for the fiery devastation that struck his new hometown during his first 60 days. It compelled him to action. As the Carr Fire swept through west Redding, Simpson University opened its residence halls to first responders and its gymnasium as a Red Cross evacuation center, housing more than 160 cots. It also served as a donation center.

Six months later, and with the added trauma of November’s Camp Fire in nearby Butte County, Simpson University continues to seek practical ways to help its neighbors. A new Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship is being offered to college-bound students impacted by either historic blaze.

The Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship will be an award of up to $60,000 over four years (up to $15,000 per year). A student can receive an additional amount up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year) with the Simpson University Matching Award when a family member, business or church sponsor commits to providing funds toward the student’s education at Simpson.

“If a student qualifies for Cal and/or Pell grant funding and is eligible for the Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship, he or she could attend Simpson University for about $4,000 a year,” Dr. Hall said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for young women and men to obtain a high-quality education at a faith-based institution known for its service, personalized attention and impressive access to jobs after graduation.”

The scholarship is a natural and tangible way for the university to help families impacted by the fires, he noted.


President Norm Hall, kneeling, with community volunteers who came to campus to help as Simpson University served as a rest, evacuation and donation center during the Carr Fire.

“So many nonprofits, businesses, churches, individuals and community groups have helped and continue to help by lending their time, resources, creativity and expertise to rebuilding efforts,” Dr. Hall said. “Simpson University is the North State’s hometown university and is thankful to be able to offer financial aid for those wanting to earn a college degree.”

The Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship pays a majority of a student’s tuition, allowing a student to maximize federal and state aid to pay for remaining tuition and residential housing.

Learn more about the Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship and apply online at


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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