Paramedic First Responder

Paramedic Scholarship Program Information

The Paramedic Scholarship Program is an educational scholarship program for paramedics pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate in paramedicine. These include persons who are

  • Paramedics entering an accredited college, university, trade school, or the workforce for the first time.
  • Paramedic students that are already enrolled and seeking higher degree attainment.
  • Paramedics who seek a specialty certification, (i.e., Community Paramedicine, Critical Care Transport, etc.).
  • Review or refresher education due to changes in the workplace.
  • Students recently finished high school, preparing for a degree in paramedicine.

Awards are provided for the recipients’ tuition and related expenses to aid them in obtaining the necessary educational certificate or degree to help achieve career goals and objectives. Associated costs include textbooks, lab fees, and other mandatory school fees. Rent, utility payments, travel expenses, repayment of student loans, or remaining balances payable to the recipient are not included. Scholarship awards are paid directly to the college, university, or trade school. Scholarship awards are valid and must be paid within one year of being awarded. Unclaimed awards will be returned to the Paramedic Scholarship Program for redistribution.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Demonstrate clearly defined career goals and objectives.
  • Specify the educational requirements to attain the above purposes and objectives.
  • Utilize programs available through colleges, universities, or trade schools
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant must reside in the USA, although the university may be outside the USA (all funds are in US Dollars).

Selection criteria may include the following:

  • GPA
  • Financial need
  • Geographic boundaries
  • Demographics
  • Degree or certificate of interest

The Paramedic Foundation, Paramedic Network, and Mobile CE are proud to offer a scholarship program that assists the career pathway in paramedicine, allowing for both personal growth and expansion of our profession. The Paramedic Scholarship Program provides funding towards tuition for Mobile CE and all partnering accredited educational institutions. We are nonprofit organizations and designated public charities recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible.

We are working to fund the scholarship account and collecting applications for future disbursements. For additional program details and application:

James DeTienne

Celebration of Life ~ James “Jim” DeTienne ~ November 10, 1952 - December 30, 2021

With great sadness, we share with you that James “Jim” DeTienne died on 12/30/2021, after a brave battle with multiple cancers

Jim grew up in Plentywood, MT, and graduated from Plentywood High School. He studied biology at The University of Montana and received one of the first State EMT certifications. He was very proud of being EMT004.

During a distinguished 40-year career, Jim worked to improve regionalized care, information management, and model system care, including Montana’s rural, voluntary, inclusive trauma system.

Jim served as the Sheridan County Disaster and Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator, Sheridan Memorial Hospital EMS Director, Butte Regional EMS Training Coordinator, St. Peter’s Ambulance Service Director, Montana State EMT Training Coordinator, EMS Licensing Coordinator, Montana State EMS & Trauma Systems Supervisor and Reserve Deputy with Jefferson County.

Systems Supervisor and Reserve Deputy with Jefferson County.

Jim also served as President and past Vice-President of the National Association of EMS Directors, chair of the NASEMSO Rural EMS Committee, Chair of the NASEMSO CP-MIH Committee, and Co-Chair of the NASEMSO/NOSORH Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care. Offering his expertise to many states and national forums, Jim brought the rural perspective to the development of emergency care systems, embracing the future of paramedicine and the integration and development of community paramedicine practitioners.

One of Jim’s EMS educational goals was developing and implementing Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT) throughout Montana. The SIM-MT offers mobile simulation trucks designed as a complete training module for EMS, fire, and first responders, especially in rural communities. The trucks include a complete emergency room, ambulance, and ‘live’ adult, child, and infant mannequins.

As a tribute to Jim, his love for paramedicine, paramedic education, and celebration of his life-long passion, we have established a Paramedic Scholarship Fund in his name. We are nonprofit organizations and designated public charities recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax-deductible. Charitable donations may be made in Jim’s name to promote the future of paramedic education.

Donate Today: Your charitable gift supports our future Paramedics