AMR Save a Life Scholarship Opportunity poster

 Daily Journal staff report - May 19, 2016, 05:00 AM

 

American Medical Response is offering two scholarships to young adults who live in San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum’s district.

Slocum and AMR will be launch the “Save a Life” scholarship program at the Fifth Annual OYE Latino Youth Conference at Cañada College May 21.

The program will offer two full-ride scholarships to attend the College of San Mateo’s Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training Program.

AMR will even provide a mentor to the students to complete the course, said Brad White, the company’s regional director.

“This is something we’ve been wanting to do for four years and we’ve found the perfect partner in Slocum and OYE,” White said Tuesday.

The program is open to individuals between 18 and 24 years old who live in East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City.

AMR will also hire the scholarship winners after completing the program, White said.

“This is a great career opportunity,” he said. AMR works hand in hand with the county’s numerous fire departments as first responders.

White hopes to expand the program to offer scholarships to even more young adults in the coming years.

“This is the first time we are doing this and we are very excited,” White said.

Slocum called the program “the first of its kind in the nation designed to bring opportunity, education and employment to the lives of young adults in underserved communities.”

Applicants must live in Slocum’s District 4, be 18-24 and be proficient in English.

“It will make a real and immediate difference in the lives of the scholarship winners, establish a tradition and serve our community, now and in the future. With AMR as our partner in this venture, scholarship winners will have the chance to learn from the best, save lives and be introduced to a rewarding career with many options,” Slocum wrote in a statement.

AMR provides 911 emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services in San Mateo County. It employs approximately 250 paramedics and emergency medical technicians and handles approximately 70,000 calls for service a year.

The submission deadline for the application is Friday, June 17. Go to bos.smcgov.org/save-life-scholarship-program to apply.