There is an opportunity for BSAR members to apply for an Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) scholarship.
The Emergency Services Foundation was established following the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. It operates as a trust to provide immediate support for those who suffer hardship as a result of the death of a family member or injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The Foundation also provides educational scholarships to members of the industry and conducts support activities such as the annual Emergency Management Conference to increase the understanding of the key issues that challenge emergency services personnel.
The purpose of the ESF Scholarship Scheme is to enable fellowships and grants to be made to members of the Victorian Emergency Services to assist them to undertake advanced studies in Australia or overseas. This might be by participating in formal courses of education or training or by attachment for study or observation with other agencies or educational or training institutions to advance their educational and professional standards.
A special round of scholarships funded by the Victorian Government is now available for volunteers through the Emergency Services Foundation. These scholarships could range between $5,000 - $10,000.
Emergency Services Agency heads (in our case Bush Search and Rescue Victoria and Victoria Police SAR) need to fully endorse recommended applicants for scholarships, confirming the benefits that would flow to the agency if their nominee is successful and the proposed methodology suggested.
Details about how to apply, and about the Emergency Services Foundation scholarships can be found [here]
The timeline for 2013 applications is
Organisational and Foundation assessment will take up to twelve weeks to complete and all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome before the 19th of April 2013.
If you are interested, please contact me for an initial conversation about your possible topic. After this, if you proceed, the Bush Search and Rescue Executive will review and consider your application for support.