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Oklahoma City Community College Foundation receives funds for first-responder scholarships

Students studying at Oklahoma City Community College to become first responders can apply for three scholarships.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 24, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Community College Foundation was recently awarded a donation by The 11-10-02 Foundation to fund three scholarships earmarked for students studying to become first responders.

Representatives from The 11-10-02 Foundation reached out to OCCC after the national coverage of the May tornadoes.

“Like many people who live outside Oklahoma, we were deeply touched by how the people of that great state came together following the tornadoes — and we were especially moved by what we saw and read about the work of the first responders. So, we decided one hopefully meaningful way to do that would be to help fund the education of future first responders in Oklahoma,” said Greg Forbes Siegman, chairman of Chicago-based foundation.

Lealon Taylor, OCCC's executive director of institutional advancement, said, “We are very excited to receive this gift from The 11-10-02 Foundation, as these will be our first scholarships solely dedicated to our paramedic program. We want to challenge our community to follow in The 11-10-02 Foundation's lead and contribute to a scholarship that will help prepare the next generation of first responders.”

Emergency medical technicians often are paired with paramedics and perform tasks such as first aid, extraction and CPR. They also are often ambulance drivers. In rural areas, EMTs are often the only emergency medical personnel available.

OCCC offers students the ability to become an EMT in one semester, and after that they can continue into the two-year paramedic program. OCCC offers two versions of the paramedic program: the traditional program and an online hybrid program.

The scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2014. Students can begin applying for the scholarships during the fall semester.

To learn more

For more information about the 11-10-02 Foundation, go to www.ShakingUpAmerica.org.

For more information about the OCCC Foundation, scholarships or to donate, go to www.occc.edu/foundation or call Jennifer Hardt at 682-7591.