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Scholarships and Funding

GMR Foundation for Research and Education

Through the generosity of the GMR Foundation for Research and Education, Upstate Medical University has been awarded EMT Scholarships. The GMR Foundation for Research and Education scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000.00 to an incoming student who is currently enrolled in Upstate Medical University’s Summer 2024 EMT Original course. The scholarship recipient will be chosen at the discretion of the scholarship committee and according to the eligibility requirements established by Upstate Medical University.

Please return the completed application to the Upstate Medical University’s EMS Programs via email to: [email protected] with Scholarship Application in the subject line, or via United States Postal Service addressed to:

Upstate Medical University
Department of Emergency Medicine
Attn. EMS Programs
550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202


EMT Scholarship: EMT Scholarship Application Form

Application Deadline for summer session:  May 15, 2024.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Career and workforce centers around New York State administer to the WIOA training opportunity and can provide funding for education or training.  For more information or to find your local career center, follow the link below to the New York State Department of Labor and filter by your county of residence or region.

New York State Department of Labor - Career Centers


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. Scholarship applicants should follow the Application link below to complete the online application in its entirety.

  • Scholarship application
  • Full name and contact information for two references.
  • Write a 300-word essay describing themselves, the desire to become a paramedic, and how the qualities of Gail Weinstein are demonstrated in their practice of emergency medical services and life.

Scholarship applications for the Upstate Paramedic Program at Onondaga Community College are now available.  All applications must be submitted by July 31st, with the award announcement on or around August 15th. 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


Platinum Educational Group

Through our scholarship program, Platinum Educational Group's goal is to provide students entering the EMS, Nursing and Allied Health fields assistance in fuding their education.  In 2015, we launched our program for EMS students only.  In 2016, we expanded our programs (to include Platinum Tests and Platinum Planner) and scholarships to include the Nursing and Allied Health Fields.