Burns: Scholarships available for paramedic training and post-secondary education

Applications due Feb. 9 and April 15, respectively

HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is alerting area residents about two scholarship opportunities available with upcoming deadlines.

Applications for the Individual Scholarship Program, a scholarship for certified emergency medical technicians who are interested in becoming an advanced emergency medical technician or paramedic, are due Feb. 9.

“We rely on emergency medical technicians and paramedics to provide emergency medical care and save lives,” Burns said. “But sometimes it’s financially difficult to obtain the additional training needed to advance one’s knowledge or career. This scholarship can help EMTs reach their goals.”

The Pennsylvania EMS Foundation provides between three and six scholarships a year, which range from $1,000 to $5,000, awarded to offset the cost of a paramedic or AEMT program. Applications must be submitted online at www.aa-pa.org/foundation. Successful applicants will have a minimum three complete years of experience as a certified EMT for the paramedic scholarship, and a minimum of two complete years of experience as a certified EMT for the AEMT award. Complete requirements are available at the above address.

The deadline for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship program is April 15. High school seniors may apply for the four-year scholarship, which is awarded annually to two Pennsylvania students preparing for post-secondary education. The program is privately funded and operated by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

 “One of the very first winners of this scholarship was from our region, and I’m hopeful that future winners will be as well. I know we have a lot of hardworking and deserving students, so if you know someone who is eligible, please share this information with them.”

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school to be eligible. Other factors taken into consideration are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need. Details on how to apply and submit required documents are available online at www.tfec.org and www.tfec.org/scholarships/pahr/.