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Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship

Within the Trenches is happy to offer a continuing education scholarship to the 2018 APCO Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Who should apply?

This scholarship opportunity is open to all 9-1-1 professionals with at least one year of experience and in good standing with his or her current employer. This includes any telecommunicator, call taker, or dispatcher, team Leader, CTO, supervisors and senior dispatchers. Managerial personnel such as Assistant Directors and Directors are not eligible for this award. The scholarship recipient will receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to the APCO 2018 Conference
  • A $500 travel stipend
  • Official Within the Trenches T-shirt

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must complete and submit the scholarship application, a 1,000 word essay and provide a current resume to wttpodcast@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted starting May 1st, 2018 through June 15, 2018. The scholarship winner will be notified no later than July 1st, 2018.

Application Process How to apply

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must complete and submit the scholarship application, a 1,000 word essay and provide a current resume to wttpodcast@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted starting May 1st, 2018 through June 15, 2018.

Where Do I Apply?

The application form can be found here.

Elements of the Application Process

A 1,000-word essay is required to be turned in with the scholarship application. This essay will tell your 9-1-1 story and should answer the following questions;

  • How did you get into dispatching?
  • What phone call made a significant change in your life?
  • Why do you want to go to the APCO Conference?
  • How will you use what you learned at the conference to give back to the dispatch community?

Why 1,000 words you ask? I want to give each applicant an opportunity to be as clear and concise as possible. The essay must also be free of grammatical errors. This is an important part of the process so let's be professional. Remember that this essay must be turned in along with your resume. The application can be done online but the resume and essay must be sent together to wttpodcast@gmail.com.

How is the Scholarship Awarded?

A small scholarship selection committee will be formed in order to look over each applicant's registration form, resume and essay. After each applicant has been reviewed a vote will take place to see who will be awarded the scholarship. Take note that the scholarship selection committee may favor those who have never attended a national conference.

Privacy

The privacy of each scholarship applicant is very important to us. Your information will not be shared with any third parties, and will only be reviewed by the scholarship committee.

Scholarship Sponsors

The Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship is proudly sponsored by INdigital, a leader in Next-Gen Core Services.

Want to be a sponsor?

The podcast is seeking pro 9-1-1 companies and organizations to be sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity to get your name out there to the dispatch community. Your company or organization will not only help a 9-1-1 dispatcher attend the 2018 APCO Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, but you will get to advertise on the podcast and be shared all over social media.

What comes with a sponsorship?

The sponsorship will include the following;

  • Your company/organization logo on the official Within the Trenches t-shirt (given to the scholarship winner)
  • Company/organization logo w/description placed on thejabberlog.com website
  • Advertising plugs in the beginning and end of an episode
  • Your website links shared over all podcast social media outlets
  • Guest spot on the podcast to talk about your company/organization

A message...

This scholarship is something that I am very proud of. I was able to bring it to life for the 2016 National NENA Conference & Expo and now, I am able to offer it again for the 2018 APCO conference. It is one of the biggest things to come out of the podcast. My journey started at a national conference and it has been one heck of a ride. My experience can only be described as amazing. I want to give someone that opportunity. The opportunity to network, learn and experience all there is to experience at a conference like this one. You will be doing a lot of good by becoming a sponsor. If you are interested in changing someone's life please send me an email to wttpodcast@gmail.com. Sponsors will be accepted through June 15, 2018.

Thank you,

Ricardo Martinez II