Certifications and education programs provide opportunities and credibility for rural government employees, underprivileged citizens and veterans seeking to start a career in the information technology (IT), medical, first responder, and emergency management fields. Being certified and educated by a reputable institution allows anyone to stand out from the crowd and be more likely to succeed in their positions and obtain a better quality of life.

Having certifications have several benefits including:

  • Assistance in getting hired. Having an IT, medical, first responder, or emergency management certifications or education gives you an advantage when hiring managers look at their resumes.

  • Job Retention – In a volatile economic environment, businesses and rural governments are always looking for ways to cut costs. Having an IT, medical, first responder, or emergency management certification or education can mean the difference between keeping a job or having a leg up to seek a new one.

  • Promotions – Climbing the corporate ladder or into a better, higher-paying company job may be made more accessible by holding new skill certifications.

  • Professional Credibility – Earning an IT, medical, first responder, or emergency management certification or education provides immediate professional credibility. In addition, having earned one (or more) of these certifications or degrees demonstrates dedication and motivation to professional development.

  • Improve the Community – Having an IT, medical, first responder, or emergency management certifications or education certifications allows the rural community to be safer, increasing the quality of life for all citzens.

To make IT, medical, first responders, and emergency management certifications or education, and the benefits that come with them available to all, the Parker Foundation is offering a scholarship.

Scholarship Amount: up to $2,000 scholarship per student (depending on the institution or course)

Eligible Recipients: Underprivileged citizens, United States military veterans, or rural government employees enrolled in an accredited university, junior college, trade school, IT, medical, first responder and emergency management program, or an accredited IT, medical, first responder, or emergency management certification course. Rural government employees my apply directly or the governmental agency can apply collectively.

Scholarship Prompt: Each students is required to submit a scholarship application, a write an short essay of no less than 300 words on a topic concerning IT, medical, first responder and emergency management and any other supporting documents.

Other Scholarship Documentation: Copy of your DD Form 214 for veterans; Income Tax statements showing the recipient, or the recipient’s parents (if younger than 21) earn less than U.S. poverty guidelines of $26,500. Proof of municipal, county, state or other governmental agency employment.

Scholarship Deadline: No deadline; applications are reviewed, and scholarships are awarded throughout the year.