There is a high demand for paramedics in all parts of the country, so it is a good thing that there are a number of resources (both paramedic scholarships and grants) available for funding the education, training and certification needed in order to become a paramedic and go to work serving your community.
About Paramedic Scholarships and Grants
Becoming a paramedic is a popular choice for many individuals and the salary of the average working paramedic is quite high, especially when compared to other types of work in certain areas. However, the cost of becoming a paramedic can be prohibitively expensive, which is why it is nice to know that there are options available short of having to go into debt for the rest of your life. The various scholarships and grants out there are provided from various organizations, institutions and even government agencies that are determined that every part of the country should have trained and certified paramedics available to them should the need arise. Some of these funds are available through the state or local government; others can be had by applying for grants or scholarships through various independent organizations. Unlike loans, the money that you receive from a scholarship or loan does not have to be paid back. It is free money, and that can make a tremendous difference when you are looking at funding your education.
Kinds of Scholarships and Grants Available
School Grants and Scholarships. Different paramedic training institutions and programs provide a number of different grants and scholarships to students who are looking at becoming paramedics and who meet specific requirements or who can demonstrate certain levels of financial need. Check with your individual training center or program in order to determine if you qualify for one of these grant or scholarship programs.
City and State Grants and Scholarships. Most cities and states (and even counties) have programs in place to help award grant or scholarship monies to individuals who are looking at becoming trained paramedics and who are planning to live in the local area for the foreseeable future. This is considered to be an investment in the future. The size of the scholarships or grants can vary from department to department or from state to state, so check with your local state, county, city or emergency department to see what sorts of funding is available to you for your training.
Carlos Lillo Memorial Paramedic Scholarship Fund. This fund is for US residents who are looking at becoming emergency medical technicians. The fund was established to commemorate Carlos Lillo, a first responder who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001. For more information on this fund and how to qualify. (This fund is no longer offered, as far as we can find).
FARE Children’s Scholarship Fund. Available to high school seniors who are planning on taking a college level technical school paramedic program, FARE scholarships are awarded to those who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and specific levels of community involvement and service. There are two paramedic scholarships of $2,500 each awarded each year. For more information on these scholarships, please visit: ScholarshipFund.org