ESA Starts 15th Year of Youth Scholarship Program
Association to award $10,000 in scholarships
Irving Texas (October 18, 2010) – The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has begun accepting applications for the 2011 Youth Scholarship Program which will award $10,000 in scholarships to two children of active duty police officers and firefighters. The first place winner will receive $7,500 to put toward their college education and the second place winner will receive $2,500.
Since the ESA Youth Scholarship Program was created in 1996, the association and its affiliated Chartered Chapters have donated more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to children of police officers and fire fighters.
"The men and women that serve this country each and every day as police officers or fire fighters are heroes and national treasures,” said ESA President Dom D’Ascoli. "The work they do in protecting our communities can never be appreciated enough. This scholarship is one of the ways we can thank our deserving public safety partners.”
For the first time in 15 years of the program homeschooled students will be eligible to compete for the award. Like students in private and public schools, homeschooled students must provide a transcript with a calculated cumulative GPA through 11th grade to be eligible.
"Over the past year, we’ve had several inquiries about the program from qualified parents of homeschooled children. ESA embraces expanding our outreach, so including these additional students made sense,” said Dave Simon, chairman of the ESA Public Relations Committee which oversees the scholarship. "We had to develop a solid protocol to compare the classes and grades of homeschooled students to those in public and private schools. After good discussion, we believe we’ve modified the standards in a fair and equitable way.”
Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and an essay. Students are awarded 25 points for GPA, 30 points for ACT/SAT scores, 25 points for their essay and 20 points for extracurricular activities. Points are awarded through a combination of earned academic points and judging by committee members.
To be eligible to apply 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, fire fighter or volunteer fire fighter. Students will be required to write an essay titled, "What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”
Students residing in a state with a participating ESA Chartered Chapter must enter through their state-level scholarship program to be considered for the national awards. The winners from each state chapter are automatically considered for the national scholarship. Students who reside in a state without an ESA chapter or in a non-participating state will submit their applications directly to ESA.
The deadline for students in non-participating chapters to submit applications is March 31, 2011. Participating chapters may have earlier deadlines. Students must contact their state chapter for specific deadline information. For complete scholarship rules and a list of participating states visit ESA’s Web site at www.ESAWeb.org and click on Public Safety.
Formerly the NBFAA, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest and longest established 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 www.ESAweb.org.