The Electronic Security Association of Washington (ESA-WA), a chapter of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), is pleased to announce the availability of college scholarship awards to sons and daughters of active duty police and fire personnel.
The scholarship awards, in the amount of $1,500 for first prize and $1,000 for second prize, are available to qualified high school seniors. CLICK HERE for the rules for eligibility. In addition, the winner of the Washington State Chapter top scholarship will be entered in the ESA National scholarship competition, where two additional scholarships are awarded, $8,500 for First Place and $3,500 for Second. We would love to see a student from Washington win on the National level, too!
Our members are companies that sell, design, install, maintain and monitor electronic burglar and fire alarm systems. This scholarship award is a small way for our industry to say thanks to our very dedicated public safety community, and to help pay for an advanced education for deserving students.
We deeply appreciate your assistance in publicizing this scholarship opportunity. The attached information and application may be copied and disseminated as much as needed.
We are happy to provide this opportunity to two deserving students, and look forward to hearing from many qualified applicants. If you have questions, please contact ESA-WA Executive Director Margaret Spitznas 360-739-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
In 1996, the Electronic Security Association launched the Youth Scholarship Program. The program was created to promote goodwill among the electronic life safety and security industry and police and fire officers by providing college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.
Through the Youth Scholarship Program, thousands of dollars have been given to students attending higher education institutions across our country. In fact, more than $541,500 has been given out by the participating states and ESA.
Today, ESA and participating Chartered Chapter Associations are involved in the scholarship program. The first-place winner of each state's program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards.
ESA of Washington will award a first-place scholarship of $1,500 and a second-place scholarship of $1,000. Plus, our first-place winner will be entered in the National program and eligible for its first place scholarship of $8,500, and $3,500 for second place to put toward their college education.
Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining "What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community."
HOW TO APPLY
This year, 18 ESA Chartered Chapters will take part in the Youth Scholarship Program including Washington State. Applicants who live in Washington State must apply directly to ESA of Washington. CLICK HERE for the 2016 Youth Scholarship Application Form.
The application deadline for the 2016 ESA Youth Scholarship Program is March 25, 2016.
RULES & ELIGIBILITY
1. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 20. He or she must be a graduating high school senior who will receive a diploma from an accredited high school, located within the state where they apply. Home schooled students and students attending military or boarding schools are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, matriculating the following year.
2. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who meets the following qualifications:
a. The student’s school must be located in the state where the parent is a full-time active employee OR within a 100-mile radius of where the parent is a full-time active employee.
b. Parent must be a full-time paid member of the police or sheriff’s department or fire department. Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department.
c. Parent or guardian must be an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT (public sector). Children of administrative staff do not qualify.
d. Children of DHS, FBI and other Federal employees do not qualify.
e. Children of reserve officers, part-time sheriff’s deputies and retired or deceased employees do not qualify.
3. Each student must submit a fully completed and signed application. The application may be submitted first, followed by other required documents. Application and all other required documents must be received on or before the deadline to be accepted. Failure to follow instructions can result in disqualification.
4. Students must submit the following:
a. Completed and signed application
b. Essay (typed)
c. Transcripts from the school (or parent if home schooled) that lists the student’s grade point average. GPA must be in a standard 4.0 or 0-100 percent scale or conversion method must be provided (weighted GPA scores accepted).
d. Proof of acceptance to a college or university (letter/certificate acceptable; does not have to be the student’s intended college or university).
e. Proof of parent’s occupation (copy of ID or supervisory letter on station letterhead acceptable).
f. Copies of official SAT and/or ACT test score results. (These may be included on and sent with official high school transcripts).
g. Résumé listing academic prizes, awards, hobbies, extracurricular activities and work history.
h. Letter of recommendations from a high school counselor, teacher or other outside agency which verifies participation in extracurricular activities and speaks of the student’s character.
5. All materials become the property of the ESA of Washington and ESA. By submitting an application and essay, the student grants permission to publish any and all essays. Applicants also agree that if they win, they will cooperate in publicity efforts, including (but not limited to) participating in interviews with state and national ESA communications, local, trade and national press, and submitting photos for inclusion in state chapter and national publications, press materials and online. Applicants will make every effort to meet with the local ESA chapter for an award presentation ceremony. (Attendance at such an event is not a requirement but is encouraged.)
6. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. All decisions are final. The score is based on the following:
a. Grade Average 25 Points
b. SAT Scores or ACT 30 Points
c. Essay 25 Points
d. Academic prizes, awards, hobbies, school and outside extracurricular activities 20 Points
TOTAL 100 Points
2015 Scholarship Winners
1st Place Winner - Cora Bush
Cora’s father, Kenneth Bush is a Fire Fighter with the City of Spokane Firehouse #13.
Cora lives in Spokane, Washington where she attends Shadle Park High School as well as Spokane Falls Community College. Cora is excited to be attending Whitworth University in the fall and will be majoring in Health Sciences with an interest in pursuing a career in physical therapy. In her free time she volunteers in the community with her local animal shelter, SpokAnimal, as well as with Horizon Hospice and Camp STIX Diabetes Programs. Cora thanks all of you for your investment in her education and she looks forward to the opportunities she will have in her future endeavors.
2nd Place Winner - Kirsten Tucker
Kirsten’s father, Martin Tucker is a Sergeant with the Spokane County Sheriff Department.
Kirsten is currently a senior in high school. The last two years she has been part of the Running Start program which has allowed her to take college classes full time at Eastern Washington University which means she will graduate from high school with two full years of college credits. In fall 2015, Kirsten will be attending the University of Montana where she will be a part of the Davidson Honors College and Global Leadership Initiative Program. Kirsten loves science, and will be pursuing a degree in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine.