Texas: Governor Abbott Announces Over $9 Million In EMS Student Scholarships

~ Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has awarded over $9 million to fund nearly 1,500 scholarships through the Texas Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Scholarship program. This funding is intended to help improve and expand emergency care across the state by growing Texas' EMS workforce, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

"Expanding our state's emergency medical service workforce is imperative to keeping all Texans safe," said Governor Abbott. "Through these Texas EMS Scholarships, we are expanding workforce education opportunities for the next generation of first responders in our state and filling in the gaps for emergency care in all areas of our state."

Joe Schmider, DSHS State EMS Director, commented on the funding saying, "This funding to support EMS education opportunities and to increase the workforce will ensure a strong EMS system in Texas. These scholarships are impacting the current and future emergency care throughout all of Texas."

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In 2021, Governor Abbott signed legislation providing $21.7 million in funding to support EMS education and retention, including the Texas EMS Scholarship program. These scholarships are available based on documented need, with special attention given to rural and underserved areas within Texas. As of May 1st 2023, 424 EMT students, 79 advanced EMT students and 988 paramedic students have received scholarships through this program.

EMS careers offer competitive salaries and benefits with people able to begin providing care within 16 weeks. Experience in EMS can also be a springboard to other career paths in healthcare professions. Those interested in pursuing a career in EMS or wanting more information about available scholarships, education, jobs and volunteer opportunities can visit dshs.texas.gov/emstexas for more information about the Texas EMS Scholarship program.

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