EMSCNJ Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

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EMS Council of New Jersey

A dozen college-bound and graduate study-level EMS volunteers have received $1,000 awards through 2021 EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) scholarship programs.

The 92-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents approximately 17,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 233 EMS agencies throughout the Garden State.

Eligible cadet grant applicants were high school seniors planning to attend college this fall, and who are active participants on EMSCNJ-affiliated squads. There were 40 applicants this year for cadet education grants; six were chosen. A selection committee at Raritan Valley Community College reviewed the applications and chose the winners.

Six Gail Lawrence Memorial Scholarships were awarded to graduate students who are EMSCNJ-affiliated volunteers pursuing medical-related careers. The $1,000 grants were established in memory of Lawrence, a mobile intensive care nurse, advanced practice nurse and educator with Rutgers University.

The 2021 EMSCNJ Cadet Scholarship recipients:

Adam Bandler

Morganville First Aid and Rescue Squad

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Finance major

Career goal — attorney

Olivia Buchholz

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad

Cornell University

Allied Health Sciences major

Career goal — physician

Jack Fetzer

Amwell Valley Ambulance Corps

Fairfield University

Computer Science major

Career goal — software developer

Ilan Fitterman

Ringwood Ambulance Corps

University of New Hampshire

Homeland Security major

Career goal — Secret Service agent

Natalia Kruk

Cranford First Aid Squad

University of Miami

Biology major

Career goal — pre-med, pre-physician assistant

Adele Shepin

Jefferson Township Rescue Squad

Rutgers University

Biology, Pre-Dental major

Career goal — dentist

The 2021 Gail Lawrence Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Erin Maura Crum

Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Rutgers University

Goal — doctorate in nursing – family nurse practitioner in emergency medicine

Jeffrey Mathew

Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences / RWJMS

Goal – MBS in biomedical sciences

Tamanna Sarowar

Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps

NY Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Goal – doctor of osteopathy

Stefanie Sciacca

Mahwah EMS

Pennsylvania State University

Goal – physician assistant

Katelyn Steenvoorden

Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Goal – physician assistant

Svati Zaven

Point Boro First Aid Squad

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Goal – doctor of medicine

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