Chief Lawrence J. Nemec Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
Michael Bosch
Learn more about the Donor
$10,153
5 winners, $2,030 each
Awarded
Winners
5
Finalists
13
Application Deadline
Jan 16, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 15, 2022
Education Level
Any
5
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Experience:
Volunteer as a firefighter or EMT
Status:
Must have financial need
Experience:
Status:
Volunteer as a firefighter or EMT
Must have financial need

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

Giving back to one’s community is a rewarding and beneficial experience that can ultimately change the world.

In memory of Lawrence J. Nemec Jr., a fire station chief who was passionate about community service, this scholarship seeks to help five students who are volunteer firefighters or EMTs pursue their educational goals.

Any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has financial need and works as a volunteer EMT or firefighter may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us why you volunteer for an ambulance service or fire department. Please also submit some form of proof of your volunteering activity (letter from an officer, membership card, etc.).

Published September 2, 2021
$10,153
5 winners, $2,030 each
Awarded
Winners
5
Finalists
13
Application Deadline
Jan 16, 2022
Winners Announced
Feb 15, 2022
Education Level
Any
5
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Why do you volunteer for a fire department or EMT service?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Jayla Cobbs
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillWhiteville, NC
At the age of 13, as I was walking through our county fair, I glanced to my right and saw a group of men and women dressed in boots, tactical pants, and blue collared shirts with the star of life woven above their hearts. Decorated with stethoscopes, trauma sheers, and pens, I could not help but lock eyes with them and the ambulance they were gathered around. As they called me over, I had the conversation that would change my life path and build me into the person I am today. A few months later, at the age of 14, I began working with that same rescue station as a junior E.M.T. Learning about the world and the people living in it from such a raw, adverse position truly has made a significant impact on my life. Transforming a meek 14-year-old girl into a girl with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently to her patients and peers. The reconstruction of a young mind, unaware of the issues society faces, to becoming the voice that brings awareness to those same issues. Gaining medical knowledge and developing a greater passion for healthcare under the guidance of hardworking, intelligent men and women during that time in my life is something I will always be grateful for. It is no secret that there are many high-stakes moments where we could very much be the only thing in between our patient and death. This fact makes it all the more crucial to have a team that is built in trust, patience, and great communication. These are all amazing characteristics of what teams in healthcare should reflect, and are characteristics embodied within my fellow EMTs that keep me coming back to EMS. I was not only lucky enough to volunteer at home, but I am now able to work with a fantastic group of other brilliant college students. As an EMS agency that is entirely student-run, we are given the opportunity to create this agency as our own to serve our peers when the time of need comes, not only focusing on 911 calls but the public health of our university as well. From accomplishing high-acuity, life-saving calls, to baking cookies at 3 o’clock in the morning, I live for the moments where I am able to make a significant impact on my community as a first responder while doing it with the people I call family. To have this experience is to become a better servant to those around me and grow into the health care provider I aspire to be. And with this experience comes the responsibility of using my position to ensure equitable and quality healthcare for everyone in my community, city, and state. Being an EMT is the stone I will cast.
Emma Darazsdi
Delaware Valley HsMilford, PA
I became a volunteer EMT to help others in need. Whether the person who calls 911 needs a ride to the hospital or they are in critical condition, I want to be there for them and do everything in my power to help them. I have been an official member of the Milford Fire Department for the past year. Before I was old enough to become a member, I would come to the firehouse with my dad, a past volunteer firefighter now ambulance driver, and help out with Saturday night bingo. My dad introduced me to a life surrounded by the different kinds of emergency services, and I immediately took great interest. As soon as I turned sixteen, I joined my local fire department. My dad and I recently completed our six-month-long EMT training course and are waiting for our chances to take the national exam. While working my way to this point of my career, I have been on many calls for many reasons. My first call was a cardiac arrest, which ended up becoming a dead-on-arrival (DOA). This experience was surreal and nerve-racking since it was my first time going on a call, and I knew the family personally. After my experience with that call, I knew I was ready for a career in the EMT field. While EMT is my focal service, I have also taken a junior firefighter class and plan to take firefighter one and two in the future, along with other courses once I am old enough to take them. During the firefighter class, I learned how to operate the radio, climbed into windows, practiced with the hoses, and crawled through buildings in the dark. Unfortunately, I could not complete the course due to being out of the state with family, but I plan to continue my training in the fire service. When I go to college, I plan to major in disaster management and response and minor in fire science. This education will help me pursue my career as a fire line EMT. With my chosen major and minor, I can provide medical treatment for patients and help fight forest fires. Volunteering at my local fire department is easily the most crucial step toward helping others that I have ever completed. I cannot wait to continue my career in the EMS world and work hard to help others with my dream career.
Michael Svec
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanoke, VA
Everyone dreams of doing something big from a young age. Some dream of being football stars, policemen, firefighters, and even trash truck drivers... Me, I dreamed of them all. Still to this day, I go back and forth on what I want to be for a career. I am influenced by many which I feel in the end will allow me to make a well-rounded decision about my future. I found myself as a Volunteer Firefighter to serve my community and give back, but learned, it has taught me much more. At sixteen years old, I found myself wanting to start doing more with my life. I turned in an application to be an apprentice member at the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout my now two years of being in the fire service I have accomplished much more than I ever thought I would. I am State Certified for Firefighter Level I, II and Hazmat Operations. I run the Membership and Community Outreach committees of our department and have even traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for the National Volunteer Fire Council Recruitment and Retention Conference. I volunteer to give back to my community because I believe service to your community and country should be a part of every American citizen's life. Unfortunately, the armed services was not on the table for my service, but Volunteer Firefighting fit right in. I get to give back to the community I have lived in since birth. Responding to non-emergency and emergency calls when the people need someone the most. I have seen death, but I have also seen life. I have seen destruction, but I have also seen resilience and rebirth. I am surrounded by those who have never seen what I have seen, but it shall be that way, I will be their shield. Being a Volunteer Firefighter specifically, I get to work and meet people of all walks of life. Previous/Current Career Firefighters, IT specialists, Police Officers, President's and Executives in large companies and organizations, and your regular run of the muck blue collar worker. Having aspirations to pursue multiple different careers, I feel that the Volunteer Fire Service is a great place to network and surround myself by different influences. Every person has different life experiences and every person I meet has a different view of the world. I try personally to get to know and understand each persons view and understand why they may see it that way. If in the end, I still do not agree with their view, I can still in good conscience know that I made my own informed view. Simply put, I volunteer because I can. I volunteer because it is a good thing to do, and I am able to do it, so why not?
Maryia Lysak
DeSales UniversityMorris Plains, NJ
Taylor Barber
College of Saint BenedictSaint Joseph, MN
As a young woman who comes from a small town in rural Minnesota, the need for volunteer EMTs and firefighters was immense. I grew up in a household where we had need for the emergency services in our area; many of our neighbors have been visited by the ambulance or fire truck at some point in the last few decades. When my teacher, who is also a part-time volunteer EMT, offered a training course to become a certified EMT, I jumped at the offer. I wanted to be able to make a difference in my area the same way that our small ambulance crew had already been doing for years. However, I knew I wouldn't stay at home forever. I became certified just as I began college, and I felt as if I was abandoning my hometown. I did not think I would be able to use my EMT skills on a college campus. When I arrived at College of Saint Benedict, I discovered that its brother school, Saint John's University, hosted a volunteer EMT squad made up of thirty students who were all certified. I applied and was accepted. It was an incredible feeling to be able to actually use my ability and certification at last. It has now been a year since I have started to volunteer with the Saint John's EMT Squad, and the experience has been overwhelmingly gratifying. I have been on multiple calls with staff, students, and visitors, each of them unique in their own way. Being able to support them through a trauma as small as a wound to as large as a broken bone is a beneficial moment for all. I have been able to continue my training and re-certification with classes provided on campus. Overall, it is a rewarding experience. Along with the technical and on-call experience, I have also expanded my acquaintance and friend group. Many of the people I have come to work with on multiple occasions have become close to me; we have been able to discuss calls, train together, and form a trusting bond that is necessary among first-responders. The experience as a whole - being able to make connections, help people, and continue my emergency medical training - has been central to my college life so far. I hope to be able to recertify and continue to volunteer through my next two years, and even beyond. Being an EMT is an important aspect in my life that makes me who I am today, and I am grateful to the people who have helped me achieve this goal of mine.

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The application deadline is Jan 16, 2022. Winners will be announced on Feb 15, 2022.

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