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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Emergency Responder Scholarships

Centre County Government is offering scholarships for new emergency responder volunteers. Six successful applicants will be eligible for scholarships of up to $2,500 per academic year.

These scholarships can be used for any certificate or degree program offered by Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology or South Hills School of Business and Technology, or at the discretion of the review committee, may pay for an EMS certificate.

Eligibility criteria for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship:

  1.  Reside in Centre County
  2. Volunteer for a recognized Centre County based, volunteer emergency responder company, i.e. Fire Company, Fire Police, EMS, etc., for at least three months before the next academic year begins.
  3. A new emergency responder volunteer shall be defined as anyone 17 or older who has not served as a volunteer or paid member of a volunteer emergency responder company in Centre County for the prior two calendar years. Volunteers who served as junior volunteers or under 18 volunteers will be eligible if they become an active adult volunteer. New County residents who had served as a volunteer in a different County would be considered a new emergency responder volunteer.
  4. Scholarship recipients are expected to remain on active duty through the end of the academic year of the scholarship.
  5. Due to the special circumstances of EMS services, any new applicant to an EMS Company, whether for a paid, non-management position or any volunteer position, will be considered as a volunteer.
  6. Applicants must be accepted into a post-secondary program at either Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) or South Hills School of Business and Technology.


The deadline to apply is June 28, 2019.

Centre County has partnered with Centre Foundation to implement the scholarship. Centre Foundation manages the scholarship application and award process and will pay scholarships directly to Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) or South Hills School of Business and Technology. The Centre County Training Center Advisory Board Committee and the County Commissioners acts as the review committee for the scholarship.

To apply visit https://centre-foundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/2345. Register as an applicant and then search for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship to apply. For more information, please contact the Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.


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