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ESA Youth Scholarship Program



Vivint Contributes $10,000 to Scholarship Program

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is pleased to announce that Vivint has stepped up as the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 ESA Youth Scholarship Program through its generous contribution of $10,000. The extra sponsorship dollars will allow ESA to award a $10,000 scholarship to the first-place winner, $5,000 for second-place, $3,500 for third and $1,500 for fourth.


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This year, 19 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 send applications directly to ESA:

ESA Youth Scholarship Program
6333 North State Hwy. 161
Suite 350
Irving, TX 75038


The deadline has passed. ESA is no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Youth Scholarship Program.

Contact Information
If you are an ESA member interested in starting the program in your state or chapter, contact Shannon Murphy at:

phone: (888) 447-1689
ext. 6835


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."

Past Winners

3Congratulations 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.

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Cameron Hein
2013 First Place Youth Scholarship Program Winner
Read his essay.


Emma Soneson
2012 First Place Youth Scholarship Program Winner
Read her essay and see find out how she's putting her scholarship to use at Yale.

Brian Roxas
2011 First Place Youth Scholarship Program Winner
Read his essay.



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Participating Chapters


Executive Director Susan Brenton
Arizona Alarm Association
2158 N. Gilbert, #116
Mesa, AZ 85203
Phone: (480) 831-1318

New Jersey
Executive Director Christine Higgins
New Jersey Electronic Security Association
150 West State Street, Suite 110
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 695-4444
Fax: (609) 392-2664

Executive Director Jerry Lenander
California Alarm Association
333 Washington Blvd #433
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (800) 437-7658
Fax: (800) 490-9682

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

Executive Director Pat Shea Remes
Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association
PO Box 7230
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: (203) 762-2444
Fax: (203) 762-9211

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


Rick Seymour
ESA Florida
CSI: Palm Beach
1333 53rd St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 688-1070
Fax: (561) 689-1252

Executive Director Beverly Bailey
ESA Ohio
1145 Slade Avenue
Columbus, OH 43235-4052
Phone/Fax: (800) 746-2322

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

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

Karen Maples
ESA Indiana
6161 East 75th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: (317) 806-3749
Fax: (317) 806-3797

Executive Director Penny Brooks
Tennessee Electronic Security Association
PO Box 150062
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 791-9590
Fax: (615) 791-1811

Executive Director Jean Novy
Kentucky Electronic Security Association
PO Box 11162
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone: (502) 475-2340
Fax: (877) 893-6511
Executive Director Michelle Best
ESA Utah
358 South 700 East
Suite B #602
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: (801) 982-9083

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

Jim Ragsdale
ESA Virginia
Scholarship Committee Chair
918 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 979-7979
Fax: (434) 979-7980

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


Executive Director Reta Waldrop
ESA Washington
23607 Hwy 99 STE. 2C
Edmonds, WA 98026
Phone: (425) 778-6162
Fax: (425) 771-9588

Maureen Mecham
Wisconsin Electronic Security Association
Scholarship Committee Chair
PO Box 11657
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 459-3260
Fax: (877) 572-4713