John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship

Award value – determined on an annual basis

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship must be:

  • Registered and working in Nova Scotia as a paramedic or in a paramedic support role (instructor, coordinator, administration, etc.) and accepted into an educational program offered at a post-secondary institution (Medavie HealthEd or otherwise) on either a full-time, part-time or distance basis (as defined by the institution).

OR

  • Registered and working as a paramedic or in a paramedic support role (instructor, coordinator, administration, etc.) and accepted into a Medavie HealthEd program on either a full-time, part-time or distance basis (as defined by the institution).

 An acceptance letter from the educational institution or confirmation of attendance will be required to apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply

  1. Download and fill out the application form.
  2. Scan and attach your acceptance letter or confirmation of attendance from your educational institution (PDF format).
  3. Attach a resume and cover letter describing why you feel you should receive this scholarship and how this education opportunity will benefit you or your profession (PDF or Microsoft Word file format).
  4. Include two letters of reference from someone who is not a relative; one professional letter and one personal (PDF or Microsoft Word file format).
  5. Complete an essay from one of the topics posted below:
    • COVID -19 has introduced even more pressure onto the medical profession, which was already dealing with high rates of stress based on health system challenges. Factors can include but not be limited to physical isolation, a surge in care demands, concerns about  personal protective equipment, ongoing risk of infection to self and family, financial hardship or worry. Built-up stress can leave health care providers feeling overwhelmed and battling extreme exhaustion. How can paramedics monitor their mental health during these times and how and what resources are available to support them as front line health care professionals?
    • The role of a paramedic is a very diversified and flexible part of the health care system. How could paramedics be utilized during a pandemic to improve the health care needs of the community?
    • What is the role of paramedics in the community in which they serve? (Both on and off the job.)

Your essay must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length (double-spaced) and submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

All scholarship awardees will be notified personally and their names will be announced on the Medavie HealthEd website. 

Please submit your entire application package via email to scholarships@medaviehealthed.com no later than midnight on June 30, 2020  winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

John Rossiter Field Leadership Award

Award value: $600 course credit at Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education
To view a list of the programs available to award recipients, click here.

*Please note that this academic award will be distributed once per year. Applicants may apply to both awards through Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, however an awardee will not be eligible to win both awards in the same year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered and working as a paramedic or in a paramedic support role (instructor, coordinator, administration, etc.) with at least two years’ experience in the field.
  • Additionally, applicants must demonstrate their leadership record
    • Eligible applicants include:
      • Supervisors
      • Senior operating paramedics
      • Clinical development paramedics
      • Field training paramedics
      • People sitting on clinical related committees (equipment standards, vehicle user group, etc.)
      • Preceptors
      • Educators at schools (lab facilitators, instructors, etc.)
      • Involvement in paramedic research projects (as investigator, designer, research assistant, presenter, etc.)

In addition to meeting the above criteria, applicants must submit:

  1. Download and fill out the application form
  2. Include ONE letter of reference about your leadership experience from someone who is not a relative (PDF or Microsoft Word file format).
  3. Current supervisor’s contact information *ADD TO APPLICATION
  4. Include a short-essay (700 words maximum) describing:
    1. Why you chose to become a leader
    2. How being a leader has enriched your career
    3. How this award will contribute to your professional development/career path
    4. How you motivate/inspire others to reach their own leadership potential

Your short-essay must be 700 words or less in length (double-spaced) and should be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

*We reserve the right to verify claims with your employer.

All scholarship awardees will be notified personally and their names will be announced on the Medavie HealthEd website. 

Please submit your entire application package via email to scholarships@medaviehealthed.com no later than midnight on June 30, 2020  winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

John Rossiter Community Service Award

Award value: $600 course credit at Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education
To view a list of the programs available to award recipients, click here.

*Please note that this academic award will be distributed once per year. Applicants may apply to both awards through Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, however an awardee will not be eligible to win both awards in the same year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the John Rossiter Field Leadership award must be:

  • Registered and working as a paramedic or in a paramedic support role (instructor, coordinator, administration, etc.) with at least two years’ experience in the field.
  • Additionally, applicants must demonstrate their involvement in the community.
    • Some activities could include but are not limited to the following:
      • Volunteering as a paramedic in the community (parades, food/toy drives, school/group visits, seniors’ expos, health fairs, etc.)
      • Involvement in public education programs/committees (paramedic related public education, P.A.R.T.Y program, safe driving programs, injury prevention programs, helmet safety, etc.)
      • Involvement in Patient Safety Week or EMS Week
      • Involvement with other ‘health’ related organizations (Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Emergency Management Office, etc.)
      • Taking part in fundraisers to help health/wellness related groups/charities
      • Involvement in community or public relations related committees

In addition to meeting the above criteria, applicants must submit:

  1. Download and fill out the application form
  2. Include ONE letter of reference about your leadership experience from someone who is not a relative (PDF or Microsoft Word file format).
  3. Current supervisor’s contact information
  4. Include a short-essay (700 words maximum) describing:
    • Why you chose to become a leader
    • How being a leader has enriched your career
    • How this award will contribute to your professional development/career path
    • How you motivate/inspire others to reach their own leadership potential

Your short-essay must be 700 words or less in length (double-spaced) and should be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

*We reserve the right to verify claims with your employer.

All scholarship awardees will be notified personally and their names will be announced on the Medavie HealthEd website. 

Please submit your entire application package via email to scholarships@medaviehealthed.com no later than midnight on June 30, 2020  winners will be notified shortly thereafter.


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