To provide funds for a state community matching scholarship program to assist rural communities in training qualified EMS professionals for service in their communities.
- Should be located in a rural county;
- Should be a political subdivision of the state or a non-profit entity governed by council members, commissioners, or a board of trustees that is (1) responsible to and serves the community in which it is located; (2) is legally authorized to raise funds and/or accept grants and financial gifts from citizens, scholarships funds, or private foundations; (3) is able to ensure a commitment from the community of up to $2,000 (or a lesser amount determined by the Center) in contribution towards EMT training per candidate; (4) is able to assure that applicant contributions include no federal or state funds; and (5) can assure the availability of an EMS position for the candidate;
- Must obtain a credit and background check on all candidates;
- Must verify current EMS certification; and
- Executes a contract with an eligible candidate (see application packet for details)
The EMS Candidate:
- Should be at least 18 years of age;
- Should be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate;
- Should never have defaulted on or currently owe a refund for financial aid to any state, federal or local student financial aid granting institution;
- Should never have been convicted of a felony; and
- For those seeking EMT-I or EMT-P training, a candidate should hold a current license as an EMT or EMT-I from the State of Texas;
- Must contract with the applicant community to provide emergency medical services in the community for at least one year after state funds are disbursed to the community;
- Should have authorized a credit and background check; and
- Must complete the EMT training as agreed upon with the applicant community.
The program provides up to $2,000 in matching funds (per candidate) towards the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with EMT, EMT-1, and EMT-P levels training.
Contact the Office of Rural Community Affairs at PO Drawer 12877, Austin TX 78711 or call 800-544-2042.