The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is pleased to announce that the 2015 ESA Youth Scholarship Program will award a $7,500 scholarship to the first-place winner, and $2,500 to the second-place winner.
HOW TO APPLY
This year, 18 ESA Chartered Chapters will take part in the Youth Scholarship Program. Please check the list below to see if you reside in one of these states. Applicants who live in a participating state must apply directly to the Chartered Chapter.For official deadlines, please contact your state's program by using the information listed below. The representative in each state will give you the deadlines and other important information.
Students living in non-participating states may apply online HERE or mail applications directly to ESA:
ESA Youth Scholarship Program 6333 North State Hwy. 161 Suite 350 Irving, TX 75038
1. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 20. He or she must be a graduating high school senior who will receive a diploma from an accredited high school, located within the state where they apply. Home schooled students and students attending military or boarding schools are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, matriculating the following year.
2. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who meets the following qualifications:
a. The student’s school must be located in the state where the parent is a full-time active employee OR within a 100-mile radius of where the parent is a full-time active employee.
b. Parent must be a full-time paid member of the police or sheriff’s department or fire department. Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department.
c. Parent or guardian must be an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT (public sector). Children of administrative staff do not qualify.
d. Children of DHS, FBI and other Federal employees do not qualify.
e. Children of reserve officers, part-time sheriff’s deputies and retired, deceased or disabled employees do not qualify.
3. Each student must submit a fully completed and signed application. The application may be submitted first, followed by other required documents. Application and all other required documents must be received on or before the deadline to be accepted. Failure to follow instructions can result in disqualification.
4. Students must submit the following:
a. Completed and signed application
b. Essay (typed)
c. Transcripts from the school (or parent if home schooled) that lists the student’s grade point average. GPA must be in a standard 4.0 or 0-100 percent scale or conversion method must be provided (weighted GPA scores accepted).
d. Proof of acceptance to a college or university (letter/certificate acceptable; does not have to be the student’s intended college or university).
e. Proof of parent’s occupation (copy of ID or supervisory letter on station letterhead acceptable).
f. Copies of official SAT and/or ACT test score results. (These may be included on and sent with official high school transcripts).
g. Résumé listing academic prizes, awards, hobbies, extracurricular activities and work history.
h. Letter of recommendations from a high school counselor, teacher or other outside agency which verifies participation in extracurricular activities and speaks of the student’s character.
5. All materials become the property of the ESA Chartered Chapter (if applicable) and ESA. By submitting an application and essay, the student grants permission to publish any and all essays. Applicants also agree that if they win, they will cooperate in publicity efforts, including (but not limited to) participating in interviews with state and national ESA communications, local, trade and national press, and submitting photos for inclusion in state chapter and national publications, press materials and online. Applicants will make every effort to meet with the local ESA chapter for an award presentation ceremony. (Attendance at such an event is not a requirement but is encouraged.)
6. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. All decisions are final. The score is based on the following:
a. Grade Average
b. SAT Scores or ACT
d. Academic prizes, awards, hobbies, school and outside extracurricular activities
About the Youth Scholarship Program
In 1996, the Electronic Security Association launched the Youth Scholarship Program. The program was created to promote goodwill among the electronic life safety and security industry and police and fire officers by providing college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.
Through the Youth Scholarship Program, thousands of dollars have been given to students attending higher education institutions across our country. In fact, more than $457,000 has been given out by the participating states and ESA.
Today, ESA and participating Chartered Chapter Associations are involved in the scholarship program. The first-place winner of each state's program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards.
Students who reside in a participating state must enter their state-level scholarship program to be considered for the national awards. Students who reside in a state without an ESA chapter or in a non-participating state should submit their applications directly to ESA. ESA will select one of these students as the national nominee to compete with the state winners. This student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. (See below for a list of participating chapters.)
Each state program awards scholarships at various levels; check with your participating ESA chapter for information on specific state award levels. ESA awards a total of $20,000 in scholarships to deserving students - a first-place award of $10,000, a second-place award of $5,000, a third-place award of $3,500 and a fourth-place award of $1,500.
Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining "What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community."
Congratulations to Mackenzie McDonald of Erie, Pa., first-place winner of a $10,000 scholarship in the 2014 ESA Youth Scholarship Program. Congratulations also go to second-place winner Justin Hunsaker of Mesa, Ariz., who received a $5,000 scholarship; third-place winner Bethany Spatz of Vancouver, Wash., who received a $3,500 scholarship; and fourth-place winner Quinntana Reid of Las Vegas, Nev., who received a $1,500 scholarship.
Brian Roxas 2011 First Place Youth Scholarship Program Winner Read his essay.
Arizona Executive Director Susan Brenton Arizona Alarm Association 2158 N. Gilbert, #116 Mesa, AZ 85203 Phone: (480) 831-1318 email@example.com
New York Executive Director Dale Eller New York State Electronic Security Association 234 Hudson Avenue PMB 9401 Albany, NY 12210 P: (800) 556-9232 (NY) or (814) 838-0301 (Outside NY) F: (814) 838-5127 Info@NYSESA.org
California Executive Director Jerry Lenander California Alarm Association 333 Washington Blvd #433 Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Phone: (800) 437-7658 Fax: (800) 490-9682 info@CAAonline.org
North Carolina Executive Director Lee Campbell North Carolina Electronic Security Association 2501 Aerial Center Parkway, Suite 103 Morrisville, NC 27560 Phone: (919) 465-2021 Fax: (919) 459-2075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecticut Executive Director Pat Shea Remes Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association PO Box 7230 Wilton, CT 06897 Phone: (203) 762-2444 Fax: (203) 762-9211 email@example.com
Ohio Scholarship Contact Dan Gurich ESA Ohio 451 Kennedy Rd Akron, OH 44305 Phone: (440)225-6310 Fax: (330) 535-2894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Rick Seymour ESA Florida CSI: Palm Beach 1333 53rd St. West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Phone: (561) 688-1070 Fax: (561) 689-1252 email@example.com
Pennsylvania Executive Director Dale Eller Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association c/o ITZ Solutions 3718 West Lake Rd. Erie, PA 16505 Phone: (800) 458-8512 or (814) 838-3093 (outside PA) Fax: (814) 838-5127 firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Karen Sullivan, Scholarship Committee Chairperson Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association PO Box 1438 Jonesboro, GA 30237 Phone: (800) 948-9531 ext. 108 Cell: (678) 898-3567 Fax: (770) 692-2892 email@example.com
Tennessee Executive Director Penny Brooks Tennessee Electronic Security Association PO Box 150062 Nashville, TN 37215 Phone: (615) 791-9590 Fax: (615) 791-1811 firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Karen Maples ESA Indiana 6161 East 75th Street Indianapolis, IN 46250 Phone: (317) 806-3749 Fax: (317) 806-3797 email@example.com
Utah Executive Director Michelle Best ESA Utah 358 South 700 East Suite B #602 Salt Lake City, UT 84102 Phone: (801) 982-9083 firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisiana Executive Director Gwen Clavelle Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association 208 W Gloria Switch Road, Ste. 112 Lafayette, LA 70507 Phone: (337) 886-7282 Fax: (337) 886-7284 email@example.com
Virginia Jim Ragsdale ESA Virginia Scholarship Committee Chair 918 Monticello Rd Charlottesville, VA 22902 Phone: (434) 979-7979 Fax: (434) 979-7980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevada (Clark County Residents Only) Executive Director Jeanne Palmer Nevada Security Association 205 N. Stephanie St., Suite D#170 Henderson, NV 89074 Phone: (701) 551-4672 email@example.com
Washington Executive Director Margaret Spitznas ESA Washington
PO Box 73087
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: (206) 436-5343 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey Executive Director Beverly Lynch New Jersey Electronic Security Association 150 West State Street, Suite 110 Trenton, NJ 08608 Phone: (609) 695-4444 Fax: (609) 392-2664 email@example.com
Wisconsin Jean Novy Wisconsin Electronic Security Association Scholarship Committee Chair 1700 E. Beverly Road Shorewood, WI 53211 Phone: (414) 763-5944 Fax: (877) 572-4713 firstname.lastname@example.org