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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. 

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.

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

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 31, 2023

Annuvia’s Public Safety Scholarship


The scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States of America, who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of enrollment at his or her educational institution, who are not employees or direct relatives of employees of Annuvia and who are attending a college or other post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis.

Essay: You must submit an original 500+ word essay. Write an essay about how you propose the emergency medical services industry improve public safety, emergency response, or general public safety. Your essay should incorporate facts and details and, where possible, accurate industry research and information.

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. 


For Children of First Responders

May 31, 2023

First Responders Children’s Foundation Scholarships


Applicant must be the biological, adopted or step-child of a police officer, firefighter, EMT, paramedic or 911 dispatcher. Applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s, associate’s, certificate, graduate or law degree at any accredited college, university or technical/vocational institution in the United States that participates in the federal financial aid programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student during the entire academic year.

Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and attending school in the United States.

Applicant must provide:

  • Current transcript

  • List of achievements (honors, leadership positions, volunteer activities, etc.)

  • Picture of first responder’s ID or letter from employer

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement not to exceed 700 words summarizing personal and professional achievements & career goals

March 10, 2024

America’s 911 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship


The America’s 911 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship is offered to children of first responders, in honor of those who served on September 11. Applicants must write an essay answering: "What inspired your parents to become a first responder and how could that inspire you?" The individuals receiving the scholarships will be notified by mid June at the latest. Those receiving the scholarships will be posted on the foundation web site after all are notified. The scholarships checks will be issued to the attending school for the recipient in mid July.

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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