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High School Student from Maple Glen, PA Wins National Scholarship

Friday, May 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ESA Communications

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High School Student from Maple Glen, PA Wins National Scholarship
Douglas Leonard is Awarded First Place in the ESA Youth Scholarship Program

Irving, Texas (May 22, 2015)
— Douglas Leonard is the first-place winner of the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Youth Scholarship Program, receiving a $7,500 scholarship for his outstanding essay and academic achievements at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, PA.

"The police officers and firefighters that protect and serve our communities are true heroes and deserve our unwavering gratitude," said ESA President Marshall Marinace. "These men and women put their lives on the line every day, and ESA on behalf of the electronic security industry is pleased to support these incredible families. Awarding scholarships to the first responders’ impressive children is one of the ways we can thank our deserving public safety partners and do our part to make their lives just a little easier."

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be between 15 and 20 years old, a graduating high school senior and have been accepted for admission to an accredited college or university. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who is an active duty, full-time police officer, firefighter or volunteer firefighter. As a part of the application, students are required to write an essay entitled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”

Before being considered for the national award, Douglas applied to and won the top prize from the Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association Youth Scholarship Program. He then competed with each of the 18 participating chapter winners and ESA’s national nominee for the national award.

Paul Leonard, Douglas’s father, is a firefighter for the City of Fort Washington, PA. His dedication and passion for helping his community has been a major influence in Douglas’s life.

“As a firefighter, my dad has always made sacrifices,” said Douglas. “I remember when he left on Christmas Day to respond to a house fire, leaving his family to help another. Working as an EMT has given me a greater appreciation of my father’s dedication. Rousing myself at 3:45 AM to treat a battered woman gave me a window into the many times he has responded in the middle of the night himself. His example instilled in me the value of helping others, even if it means making personal sacrifices.”

This year’s top-prize winner holds a pristine 4.0 GPA at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pa. Douglas participates in several extracurricular activities all while exceling in school, and holding several jobs and volunteer roles. He is a Volunteer Researcher for the US Department of Agriculture, a Volunteer EMT with Second Alarmers Rescue Squad, an EMT with Emergency Training Solutions, and a Lifeguard at Maple Manor Swim Club. On the extracurricular front Douglas was a Quartermaster with Troop 542 where he was awarded the coveted Eagle Scout Rank, he is also President of the Model United Nations & World Affairs Club, Communications Officer for the National Honor Society and earned Varsity letters in Swimming, Lacrosse, and Track & Field at his high school. Douglas has been accepted to the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.

For more information on the ESA Youth Scholarship Program, please click here.


Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at