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Scholarships and Funding

CNY Works

We are an Eligible Training Provider per the Department of Labor and participants may qualify for tuition funding through CNY Works. Funding is regularly approved for EMT, AEMT and Paramedic programs.

For more information, contact CNY Works at 315-473-8250 or http://www.cnyworks.com


AMR Foundation for Research and Education

The AMR Foundation recognizes that high quality prehospital care begins with provider education.  In some cases, the cost of EMT and paramedic education may prevent otherwise well qualified candidates from pursing a career in EMS, especially in medically underserved areas in the United States.

For the 2021 academic year, the AMR Foundation intends to provide educational grants to support EMT and paramedic education scholarships to be administered by EMT and paramedic education and training institutions.  Funds will be distributed from teh AMR Foundation directly to the educational institution.

Upstate Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce that, with the support of the AMR Foundation, we are able to offer these scholarship opportunities:


Paramedic Program 2021-2022 application - three (3) $5,000 scholarships

            Application deadline: August 6, 2021

            Award notification: August 9, 2021


Three (3) $1,000 scholarships for EMT students.

       EMT Original Program - Fall 2021 application - 1 scholarship for $1,000

             Application deadline: August 6, 2021

             Award notification: August 9, 2021

       EMT Original Program - Spring 2022 application - 1 scholarship for $1,000

             Application deadline: December 15, 2021

             Award notification: January 7, 2022

       EMT Original Program - Summer 2022 application - 1 scholarship for $1,000

             Application deadline: April 15, 2022

             Award notification: May 6, 2022


Application packet to include:


           Letters of Recommendation

           1-page essay



Gail Weinstein Memorial Scholarship

Gail Weinstein
Gail Weinstein

Through the generosity of the Weinstein and Johnston families, with the assistance of the Central New York Community Foundation, scholarships have been established to honor the memory of former Upstate paramedic instructor, Gail Weinstein.

Gail’s love of emergency medical services and enthusiasm for provider education facilitated the training of countless providers in the Central New York EMS region and beyond. Gail was a caring, compassionate, and selfless woman; she fostered the idea of learning in all who knew her. Her thirst for knowledge and tireless determination provided the foundation for quality care to all patients she reached, both directly and through the extension of her students. Gail’s memory is celebrated by every EMS professional who demonstrates her passion by making a difference.

The Central New York Community Foundation will award four $1,250.00 scholarships for students to complete paramedic education.

Applicants must be accepted into the upcoming SUNY Upstate Paramedic Program. Please submit the following:

Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 Upstate Paramedic Program at Onondaga Community College are now available.  All applications must be submitted by July 31, 2021, with the award announcement on August 15, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded to the selected applicants who are accepted into the upcoming Paramedic Program.


The Deb Duethorn Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Deb Duethorn Memorial Scholarship Fund is provided through the Central New York Community Foundation in memory of one of Onondaga County’s most remarkable professional young women. Duethorn, whose untimely death occurred in the summer of 1996, was not only a gifted registered flight nurse, but also an outstanding paramedic who gave tens of thousands of hours of prehospital emergency medical care to her patients. Sergeant Duethorn was the first woman member of the Onondaga County Sheriffs’ Department SWAT team. She was also a courageous firefighter with the Belgium Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Duethorn however, was perhaps best known in her role as an educator. She embodied the word “teacher,” whether at the police academy with recruits, at the seminars and paramedic courses she presented, or in everyday encounters where she quietly and patiently taught one-on-one. Whether in jeans and a T-shirt (her preference), flightsuit or duty uniform, Duethorn forever touched the lives of her family, friends, co-workers and patients. Slightly irreverent about social convention, Duethorn’s wit and sense of humor left their imprint on all who experienced the gift of knowing her.

This scholarship in memoriam of Duethorn has been awarded to at least one recipient per year since 1999. Application information can be found at www.cnyems.org.

The Deb Duethorn Memorial Scholarship Fund is a yearly $1,000.00 award administered by the Central New York Community Foundation to assist persons pursuing education in the fields that Deb herself was committed to. Applicants must be seeking education to further career or volunteer aspirations in any or all of the following categories: emergency medical service, law enforcement, firefighting and nursing. Applicants should explain his or her dedication to one, several, or all of those fields.

Prospective applicants, who live in one of the following counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego or Tompkins, should complete the form below and submit the necessary requirements by the stipulated deadline to:

Central New York Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc.
50 Presidential Plaza Jefferson Tower, Suite LL1
Syracuse, NY 13202

Deb Duethorn Memorial Scholarship Application Packet


Other Funding Opportunities