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Community Foundation of Louisville working to address shortage of EMTs through new scholarships

A Community Foundation of Louisville scholarship fund is working to address the shortage of life-saving EMT services in Louisville. The Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship has awarded $51,055 to five recipients in the Jefferson Community Technical College (JCTC) paramedic program for 2019.

Brian Jennemann was an employee at Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services until he passed away at the age of 27 in 2001. Following his death, Brian’s parents decided to honor his life by establishing a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, which supports aspiring paramedics. Since its creation, the fund has provided $127,555 in scholarships to dozens of students – including one of this year’s recipients, Robert Borders.

“I was brought to tears when I opened a letter from the Community Foundation of Louisville in December that said I been chosen to receive this generous scholarship. It’s going to cover my entire two-year paramedic program JCTC,” Borders said. “It was the best Christmas gift ever.”

Duane Lee, the paramedic program director at JCTC, said that at least two of the students would not have been able to attend the program without the scholarship. “The impact on the program is tremendous,” said Lee. “Opportunities such as this [scholarship] would definitely boost the numbers of paramedics in the future. If the financial aspect is reduced, it could enable those who really want to become paramedics to succeed.”

The timing of a scholarship geared toward paramedic students coincides with a community in desperate need. A 2018 Courier Journal report stated ideally Louisville should have about 80 paramedics, but the city currently has only 55. With the growing demand for paramedics in the Louisville area coupled with escalating educational expenses, the donors, who hold their scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, decided to seek more opportunities with their fund.

The Community Foundation of Louisville partnered with JCTC, which has an established paramedic program, to award students with the Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship. “We are proud to administer the Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship and to further honor Brian’s life”, said Emory Williamson, Scholarship Coordinator at CFL. “Along with our 100-plus other scholarships, we know the Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship is ensuring a long lasting and significant impact in our community.”

For information about how to apply for one of next year’s Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarships, contact Scholarship Coordinator Emory Williamson at emoryw@cflouisville.org.

From Community Foundation of Louisville

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