Foundation Scholarship

Additional Info

The NAEMT Foundation works to strengthen and build the future of emergency medical services. Its mission is to support a better future for EMS through funding EMS education and research. 


One of the challenges facing EMS today is recruitment and retention of EMS practitioners to the field.  In an effort to address this challenge, the NAEMT Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities to individuals interested in pursuing a career in EMS. 

Applications are accepted between November 15 and March 15.    

Note to NAEMT Members: Current EMS practitioners who are full, active members of NAEMT may apply for EMS or degree completion scholarships here


The following scholarships are available for individuals wishing to enter the EMS profession:


EMS school or program to become certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 


Amount of Award:  Up to $1,000 based on the cost of the EMS program and one-year NAEMT student membership.

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Applicant must submit a complete and accurate application by the stated deadline. 
  •  Applicant must submit a letter of request, in 1,000 words or less, that describes why he or she is pursuing educational scholarship, his or her educational and employment goals, and how the scholarship would be of benefit.
  • EMS scholarships are not awarded for course work already taken.
  • Scholarship payments are made directly to the educational institution. The institution must submit an invoice to NAEMT Foundation for payment.
  • Recipient must begin the educational program in the term for which the award is granted.
  • Recipient will fully complete the EMS program for which scholarship is awarded.  Recipient who withdraws or discontinues the educational program prior to completion for reasons within his or her control (i.e., dropping the course, academic dismissal for absences, etc.) must immediately refund scholarship funds. No refund will be required for recipient who is unable to continue in the EMS program for reasons beyond their control. Proof of reasons for program termination will be required.
  • Recipient must maintain passing grades and remain in good standing throughout the course of study. Recipient may be asked to submit grades each term prior to the next scholarship payment.
  • Recipient of EMS scholarships must seek certification by testing upon completion of their EMS educational program.
  • Recipient must provide follow-up information and respond to NAEMT Foundation requests pertaining to their education and career.
  • Recipient must sign a contract agreeing to these scholarship guidelines.

Scholarship Selection Process 

  1. Only those applications which are complete and received by the deadline will be considered. 

  2. NAEMT Foundation will notify all applicants by email of the status of their application. 

  3. The following criteria will be used in the scholarship selection process:
  • Commitment to entering the EMS profession;
  • Financial need; 
  • Dedication to the community; 
  •  Ability to serve as a positive ambassador to the EMS profession