Scholarships and Special Projects Awards Available for Emergency Responders


The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Scholarships and Special Projects related to leadership development. The awards are in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, Emergency Medical Technician Donald E. Sellers, and Chief John M. Eversole. Any active career or volunteer Fire, Rescue, EMS, or Emergency Management member is eligible, as well as active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Military who serve in an fire or emergency services position.

Annual awards are approximately $3,000 each and four awards may be issued to U.S. citizens in 2021. In addition to an award for firefighters, there is an award set aside for Hazardous Materials Responders, one for Emergency Medical Service Responders, and one for the G. Crawford Wiestling Award which is open to all response disciplines. Special awards of greater value may be issued to groups or individuals for leadership related special projects.

Since 1989, YLD has awarded $207,000 to 106 award recipients.

To request an application go to and click “Applications”. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2021 and awards are announced in late December.

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