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If you are interested in pursuing a career in EMS and are looking to further your education, scholarships can open up that possibility! There are a variety of scholarships available specifically for EMS students in the state of Wisconsin and nationally. Some are provided through associations and grants, and others can be found through specific EMS departments.  When applying for scholarships, be sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully and submit your application on time. Below is a compiled list of some of the scholarships that are available to you in 2023. 

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WEMSA Foundation Scholarship

Every year, the Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) Foundation provides an annual $1,000 scholarship to eligible students pursuing licensure in EMS through an approved Wisconsin training center. Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year!

For Active & Prospective
First Responders

Support to Communities Grant Program


The Support to Communities Program is meant to assist workers who are or have been affected by opioid misuse or other substance disorder either personally or through family and friends. The program is also meant to assist workers who seek to transition to professions that support individuals with a substance use disorder or occupations that address the opioid recovery efforts in the local service area. This includes individuals who need new or upgraded skills to better serve struggling or at-risk individuals. Lastly, the program works to serve dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, individuals with barriers to employment, and incumbent workers. This is open to anyone who wants to go into the listed fields and has experienced significant barriers to employment such as dislocated workers, single parents, new entrants to the workforce, long-term unemployment, incarceration,homelessness, etc.

There is no application deadline and assistance is awarded on a rolling basis. Additionally, there is no limit on how many can be awarded. 

Dec 1, 2023

Kelmann Cares Foundation Grants & Scholarship Program


The Kelmann Cares Foundation transforms the lives of families, communities and first responders in southeastern Wisconsin. Grants and scholarships are considered on a bi-annual basis by the Foundation’s board of directors. Please note that the maximum amount to be awarded per winning applicant is $1,000. All applicants will be notified of the board’s final decision two weeks after the close of the grant deadline.

Jul 29, 2023

Platinum Educational Group


To be eligible for a Platinum Educational Group Annual Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a certificate or undergraduate EMS, Nursing, or Allied Health* program at the time of awards distribution.

  • Post a photograph or selfie that includes the hashtags #PlatinumEdScholarships and #FutureHealthcareProvider on any of your social media platforms

  • Submit a photograph waiver form

Feb 1, 2024

Amy Hunter-Wilson, MD Scholarship



Established by Dr. Hunter-Wilson, this scholarship is available to American Indian students who pursue training or advanced education as doctors of medicine, nurses, or in a related health field. Award amounts vary, generally $1,000 or more. An American Indian student with proof of your tribal membership or verified tribal participation from a recognized tribal council or government. Currently enrolled in training or advanced education as a doctor of medicine, nurse, or in a related health field and do you expect to be in the next school year. You must submit one (1) reference from a physician, professor or school official who can discuss your achievements, which may include leadership and volunteer activities, as well as your potential for future success. 

Aug 31, 2023

Gold Cross


Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a paramedic training program at Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College or Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Preference may be given to students enrolled in an associate degree paramedic program.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA

  • Volunteer or other experience in health-related fields

  • Community service

  • Financial need

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two students. It must be used for tuition and is non-renewable. The award is payable after successful completion of the first semester.

Jun 30, 2024

EMS World Expo 2024 Scholarship


Many EMS professionals are challenged by limited resources in the pursuit of advancing their careers for the betterment of the communities they serve.

To help attendees experience the progressive, CEU-certified educational sessions as well as the many learning opportunities available at EMS World Expo, we are pleased to offer education scholarships for the 3-day conference program (travel is not included as part of the scholarship).

The scholarship is open to all EMS professionals who are truly dedicated to improving their skills, knowledge base, and patient outcomes, but face financial difficulties in regard to attending a national conference. Your application will be reviewed after the scholarship deadline listed below and you will receive an email informing you if you have been accepted for a scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-time attendee to EMS World Expo

  • Be a full- or part-time (paid or volunteer) practicing EMS provider


For Children of First Responders

November 1, 2023 Scholarship


Any student who is a child of a first responder and is pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degree can apply to the Scholarship for Children of First Responders and be offered a $1,000 academic award.’s mission is to make education accessible, and we hope to bring this group of students access to a quality education with this scholarship.

March 15, 2024

9/11 Promise Run


The 9/11 Promise Run provides scholarships to qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment. Starting in 2019, participants of the 9/11 Promise events fundraised for scholarships that positively impact the lives of children and families impacted by the loss of their loved one. Scholarship amounts range from a minimum award of $5,000 to a max award of $15,000.

NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list, but if you are aware of any scholarships related to first responders and people interested in EMS that are not currently listed, contact us HERE to have it added. 

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