Rural Emergency Medical Services Scholarship Incentive Program

Program Purpose

To provide funds for a state community matching scholarship program to assist rural communities in training qualified EMS professionals for service in their communities.

Eligibility Requirements

The Community:

  • 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.

Award Amount

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.

Application Process

Contact the Office of Rural Community Affairs at PO Drawer 12877, Austin TX 78711 or call 800-544-2042.

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