SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The Christopher Meadows Memorial EMS Education Fund awarded seven new scholarships late October.
This year's paramedic scholarship awardees are:
- Miguel Reyes from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo
- Gaston Lau from City College of San Francisco
- Molly Ayres from Las Positas College in Livermore
- Jacqueline Blumeyer from Santa Rosa Junior College
- Aldina Thornberry from Foothill College in Sunnyvale
The latest recipients of the $3,000 Advanced EMS scholarship are:
- Skyler Robertson
- Timothy Ulleseit
Robertson is pursuing nursing and Ulleseit is pursuing to be a physician assistant.
Paramedic students from seven schools across and 11 county area applied for the $3,000 memorial scholarships
The scholarships are awarded annually to Central and Northern California EMS workers pursuing paramedic careers.
The Christopher Meadows Memorial EMS Education Fund was established in 2009 after the death of Christopher Meadows who was killed on duty while volunteering at Oceano Dunes for the San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Department's Search and Rescue Unit.
Meadows had planned to attend paramedic school in the fall of 2009 but never got the opportunity.
The fund was established by Taylor Tucker and Heather Tucker, Meadows' co-workers at San Luis Ambulance.
The fund awards Advanced EMS, paramedic and EMT scholarships to EMS students.
In its ten-year existence, the fund was able to award 58 scholarships amounting to over $130,000.
The fund is supported by individual contributions along with donations and sponsorships from many local organizations.