Scholarships

Disaster Management Scholarship Opportunities – 2017-18 Cohort

These scholarships have been established to assist students aspiring to become disaster practitioners and demonstrate a commitment to engage the global community. All scholarships are based on funding availability.

1. Paul C. Bell, Jr. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Scholarship

Paul C. Bell, Jr. dedicated his life to serving others. His career started as a missionary, then continued with with U.S. Peace Corps, the Inter-American Foundation, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Refugee Programs, the U.N. Disaster Relief Office. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Bell helped establish the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Latin America and Caribbean regional office in San Jose, Costa Rica, and served as the senior regional advisor until he passed away in 2003.

This scholarship will be awarded to any student working or volunteering for an NGO (e.g., Save the Children, OXFAM, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief) at time of admission.

Eligibility:

  1. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of admission.
  2. Must demonstrate financial need per the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  3. Must demonstrate that he or she is working or volunteering for an NGO.

Award Amount:

Student will be awarded $5,000 for the forthcoming academic year to be used for tuition. Award will disburse in the Spring term.

2. Minority Opportunity Scholarship

One of the goals of the Academy is to support student development and maintain diversity and inclusiveness. We support this goal by offering a financial award to minority students pursuing a profession where minorities are underrepresented.

Eligibility:

  1. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of admission.
  2. Minority students (American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black and Hispanic) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  3. Must demonstrate financial need per FAFSA form.

Award Amount:

Student will be awarded $5,000 for the forthcoming academic year to be used for tuition. Award will disburse in the Spring term.

3. R. David Paulison Exceptional Student Scholarship

R. David Paulison is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in emergency and disaster response and recovery. After beginning his career as a firefighter, Mr. Paulison rose through ranks and become fire chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and oversaw Miami Dade’s Office of Emergency Management in 1992, the same year Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida. After 30 years in the fire service, on September 20, 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Chief Paulison as the head of the U.S. Fire Administration. In 2003, President Bush appointed Chief Paulison to serve as the director of the newly created National Preparedness Division of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Directorate. This distinctly Department of Homeland Security Directorate was later made part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 2006, Chief Paulison was unanimously confirmed and sworn in as the first Under Secretary for FEMA and served as its administrator until 2009.

This scholarship will be awarded to a student demonstrating exceptional academic achievement and contributions to the community.

Eligibility:

  1. The award is based on competitive merit and will be selected from applicants possessing a minimum GPA of 3.5 at the time of admission.
  2. Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the first 12 credits of the cohort.

Award Amount:

Student will be awarded $5,000 for the forthcoming academic year to be used for tuition. Award will disburse in the Spring term upon verification of meeting minimum GPA requirement after the first 12 credits.

Scholarship Application Documentation

The application for each scholarship must include the following documents:

  1. A cover page, which shall state the applicant’s name, email, contact phone number and the scholarship(s) you are applying for (NGO, Minority and/or Exceptional Student Scholarship);
  2. A copy of student’s unofficial undergraduate transcripts;
  3. A copy of your resume; and
  4. A typewritten essay of no more than three pages (double-spaced) describing the reasons that led him or her to seek a degree in disaster management at FIU and their professional aspirations.

Submit all applications materials via email to aidp@fiu.edu.

*Students may apply to one or more scholarship but will only qualify for one.

Application Due Date

Friday, July 15, 2017 at 5 PM (EST).

Award Announcement

The award will be announced 15 days prior to the start of the cohort in August.