2021 Annual Emergency Services Scholarship Awards Program

The scholarship program was developed in an effort to pay tribute to those who unselfishly gave their lives in an effort to save others during the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. The award consists of one tuition-free 64-hour USAR Confined Space and Structural Rope Rescue – Operations level course. The course also meets Florida State’s requirements for Florida Urban Search & Rescue (FLUSAR) certification.


Each award candidate must apply for the scholarship by completing a short on-line questionnaire (below). The selection of award winners will be based primarily on the applicant’s answers to questions regarding their personal motivation and intended use of the training. Applications for the 2020 scholarship awards are closed but are being accepted for 2021 at this time. Apply Here

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must be career municipal, county, state, or federal firefighters, law enforcement officers, or emergency medical service providers with job-specific requirements for technical rescue. If accepted, applicants must show proof of travel and lodging arrangements at least three weeks prior to start of the classes. Award winners must be willing to attend the provided course on the specified dates regardless of previous experience.

The specific course dates for the 2020 Scholarship Awards Program and award recipients will be announced the last week in November of 2019 and the courses will held in Panama City, Florida at an active fossil-fuel power generation facility.


The scholarship courses are normally limited to eight award winners. Should you be selected and find a need to cancel. A prompt notice is greatly appreciated so that another candidate may fill the position for which you were selected