AT&T Contributes $8,000 to Support EMSCNJ Cadet Scholarships

Above, AT&T Regional Director Althea Yancy, second from right, presents the EMSCNJ with an $8,000 check Friday in support of its cadet scholarship program. This is in addition to the $7,000 AT&T contributed last year. Receiving the check during the EMSCNJ’s 90th anniversary Education Symposium & Trade Show business meeting are: (L-R) Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Junior Squad President Ranjan Kesavan, Captain Vidhi Patel and EMSCNJ President Barbara Platt. (Photo by Sylvie Mulvaney/EMSCNJ)

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — AT&T made an $8,000 contribution to support the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) cadet scholarship program Oct. 18 during the EMSCNJ’s annual Education Symposium & Trade Show.

The 90-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, now doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents approximately 17,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 260+ EMS agencies throughout the Garden State.

Althea Yancy, Regional Director, AT&T, presented EMSCNJ President Barbara Platt with a check, which will be used to expand the organization’s cadet scholarship program.

“Our cadets are enthusiastic and contribute so much to their squads and communities,” Platt said. “This is one way we can express our appreciation for their hard work and encourage them to continue volunteering, hopefully for decades to come.

“Thanks to AT&T, we can accommodate more scholarship requests, help support more cadets in their educational endeavors and continue investing in the future of volunteer EMS,” Platt said.

In May, the EMSCNJ awarded eleven $1,000 cadet scholarships to high school seniors who were active volunteers on their Council-affiliated squads and planned to attend college this fall.  An independent selection committee at Raritan Valley Community College reviewed the applications and selected the recipients from dozens of applicants.

In addition, the EMSCNJ awarded seven $1,000 Gail Lawrence Memorial Scholarships to graduate students pursuing medical-related careers and who also are active squad participants. 

The EMSCNJ also supports the annual cadet competition in Keyport, which drew approximately 150 New Jersey and New York cadets in June, and arranges for cadets to attend a free, full day of the October conference each year.

Yancy said AT&T’s contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative that helps provide access to the education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

“AT&T has a history in New Jersey of investing in programs that create learning opportunities for youth,” Yancy said.  “We’re proud to help the EMS Council of New Jersey engage more young members in exploring career choices and volunteerism.”

Since 2018, AT&T has contributed $15,000 to the EMSCNJ’s cadet scholarship program.

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