Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Student Awarded EMS Success Scholarship

OSU-Oklahoma City emergency medical services (EMS) student Jeremy McQuerry of Oklahoma City was recently awarded one of five $1,000 EMS Success Scholarships.

 

“[EMS Success] does more than help students with scholarships,” said Stacy Morton, OSU-OKC EMS program director. “They are active in the EMS community from ground to air, and help students and professionals alike.”

 

Winners of the 2014 scholarship were independently scored by a three-person panel on their dedication to their community, their dedication to the EMS profession and the ability to set an example for professionalism in EMS.

 

McQuerry, who is currently an advanced EMT and is studying to become a paramedic, exhibits all of these qualities, especially dedication to people and his community. In addition to his advanced EMT studies, McQuerry is a firefighter at the Tuttle Fire Department in Tuttle, Okla.

 

McQuerry has a long history of helping people. He formerly worked as a lifeguard and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. “I like being the one who makes decisions, and helping people in their time of need,” said McQuerry.

 

In addition to receiving the monetary award, scholarship winners also commit to work one year for a rural EMS agency in Oklahoma. “The organization has an interest in supporting communities without a lot of paramedics,” Morton said. “In rural Oklahoma you don’t have the same medical services, even though you have the same medical emergencies.”

 

McQuerry is looking forward to the challenging environment in rural Oklahoma.

 

“Rural EMS is different from urban EMS… you spend more time with your patients, and it gives you the chance to really talk with them and calm them for the long trips to the hospital,” said McQuerry.

 

McQuerry will use the scholarship to devote more time to school and his training. When he completes his certification, he will continue to work at the Tuttle Fire Department as a paramedic.

 

EMS Success is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide financial support through educational scholarships for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics, and to support emergency service personnel and their families in case of accident or illness.

 

For more information on OSU-OKC’s EMS program, visit www.osuokc.edu/ems.

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OSU-OKC Student Awarded EMS Success Scholarship
OSU-OKC paramedic student Jeremy McQuerry