Monday, May 13, 2019

EMT scholarship available to area residents

Upcoming high school graduates encouraged to apply

From left Brandon Joseph of Willshire and Sarah Combs
of Lima practice immobilization on their classmate Christie Miller
of Greenville during a recent EMT class held in Celina. The students
in this class not only excelled with perfect attendance during
the course, but all students passed their national EMT exam
on the first attempt.
Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced it will again consider upcoming high school graduates and others interested in mobile healthcare for its scholarship offering to become an emergency medical technician.

Now through May 13th, Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year, full-time, employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Employee Relations and Human Resource Director Andrea Cahill at

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of May 12th at Spirit’s Greenville office. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. May 17th. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Classes will be held five days a week starting June 10th through August 3rd. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 60 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program.

“When you get to see the faces of the people who work so hard in their EMS studies to pass the national test, it’s truly amazing,” explained Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Over the years many have shared that had it not been for our scholarship program, they would have never been afforded the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming an EMT.”

Hathaway said the scholarships have been awarded to people as young as age 17 getting ready to graduate from high school, to a 57-year-old factory worker looking for a career change.

“College isn’t for everyone and these classes not only allow people the opportunity to become highly trained in a much-needed profession, but also ensures them a position in a very rewarding healthcare field once passing the tests and completing field training,” Hathaway said.

A recent class held February through April, yielded all the students in the class not only passing their class final, but also the National EMT Registry exam on their first try. All but one student in this class also maintained perfect attendance during the seven-week long course.

“The more classes we sponsor, the more we learn,” he said. “We continue to make minor changes for the better and it’s showing with an increasing number of students passing the national exam on their first attempt.”

In late summer of 2018, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end this October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center. Besides Spirit, other healthcare partners assisting with clinical experience for the classes include Wayne Health Care, Reid Health, Greenville Township Rescue, and Richmond Fire Department.

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

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