The men and women who serve in the United States military providing emergency medical health services hold a very special place in the hearts of all combat veterans. Medic or Corpsman … regardless of branch of service … they are simply, “The Doc,” and are some of the most valued and revered members of every combat team.
Line medics keep the infantry on its feet! The carry a rifle and fight side by side with the combat forces which which they are embedded and to those who don’t know any better they are virtually indistinguishable from the infantry they bleed along side of. Even with the bullets still flying, the Medic’s job is to preserve life and protect his troopers. This often means placing themselves directly in harms way to reach a wounded comrade or tending the wounds of a terrorist who, one minute earlier, had been trying to kill him.
It is a very special job that is performed by very special people. As an infantryman, looking back, there is no group of soldiers more deserving of my respect and thanks.
While no single act can truly thank these brave men and women who have served their fellow soldiers and country so faithfully, we can at least provide them with greater opportunity here at home. Members of the military who were awarded the Combat Medic Badge (CMB) have demonstrated their faithfulness, honor, and willingness to sacrifice everything for the protection of others.
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This scholarship program is dedicated to respecting and supporting the commitment that the CMB represents. We hope in this small way, to help CMB recipients to continue to serve their fellow man and to achieve their dreams and scholastic goals. Every life they touch they make better.
In order to qualify for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a high school graduate or have successfully completed a GED program
- Be accepted by or enrolled as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college, university, or trade school (including certificate programs such as Paramedic) at the time the scholarship is awarded
- Be able to demonstrate the capacity for advanced academic achievement or technical proficiency as demonstrated by maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) based on an un-weighted 4.0 grading system
- Have served in the U.S. Military with a military occupational specialty of 68W (or service specific equivalent)
- Must have separated from service under honorable conditions or be currently serving in the Reserves or National Guard
- Have been awarded the Combat Medic Badge (CMB) for service as a line medic who was engaged in actual ground combat and performed medical duties (including aviation units)
- While the intention of this scholarship is to facilitate continued education in any medical related field, there are no restriction or limitations placed on degrees, certificates, or majors
Scholarship awards are made to deserving college-bound or trade-school bound students in the amount of $5,000 annually ($2,500 per semester or $1,250 per quarter respectively). Students are required to submit a brief autobiography and write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay that answers the following questions:
- How has their experience as a line medic impacted your life?
- What are your goals and intentions are towards the advancement or of understanding of medical care or relief and what are you ultimate goals in this area?
To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must also enter a four-year accredited college or university or accredited trade-school within 12 months of the application deadline. Existing students are eligible to apply, however only one award will be made to any individual.
Deadline for applications is March 15th.
In June The Funding Life Corporation will announce all scholarship recipients. Scholarship.Life will require all award recipients to provide their Social Security number and documentation verifying award of the Combat Medic Badge (DD214).
The Funding Life Corporation will provide the scholarship payment to the recipients upon receipt of official documentation of registration from the college/university/trade-school that he or she is attending in the following fall or spring (for example, sending a letter with proof of first semester’s payment from the registrar’s office). Should the scholarship winner fail to attend the school within the stated time period, the scholarship will be given to the first runner-up.
A selection committee will judge all timely submissions. Author identity will remain anonymous during the judging.
To help inspire others, scholarship winner and runners-up will agree to have his or her name and city published, they must also agree to have his or her essay published on the Scholarship.Life and Funding.Life websites and will provide an appropriate photo to be used for publicity purposes and for distribution to the media.
The Funding Life Corporation will also retain the right to publish the essay of the winner and runners-up and to allow other professional media organizations to publish selected excerpts. Non-compliance with any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of the title and award. The decision of the judges is final.