SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR 2018 STATE GULF COAST CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018

Scholarship Program – State NENA Conference 

 We are placing the program and applications online at this time to ensure that we are able to select candidates for this upcoming State NENA Conference in Orange Beach, Al. The conference is in October and candidates for this program should be submitted by August 31, 2018 online. Questions regarding the program or candidacy can be forwarded to lfisher@montgomeryal.gov.

Purpose

The intent of the Scholarship Program is to provide funding to four Alabama NENA members to participate at National NENA Expo and Conference annually and for four members to participate in the State Gulf Shores Conference.  To be eligible, Alabama NENA members must apply through their agency and indicate the need for funding to participate.  Your application must be endorsed by your agency head to reflect that they approve the need, cost above the eligible maximum amount and time necessary to participate if you are selected.  Any member applying should be in good standing with their organization.    

Scope

All personnel working for primary and secondary Public Safety Answer Points within the State of Alabama.

Distribution

To local 9-1-1 Board Members, agency Directors, Command Staff, Division Managers of all State ECD’s and Alabama State Chapter of NENA personnel as appropriate.

Goal

To create an effective professional development program within Alabama NENA that seeks to engage new professionals in the field or those without the means to pay for attendance, through scholarship, state or national NENA conference attendance.

Policy

Eligibility:

All Telecommunicators and direct Public Safety Communications administrative support personnel in the State of Alabama who have not previously attended at state or a national NENA conference. Nominees must be a resident of the U.S. and a resident of the State of Alabama. Nominee, nominator or sponsoring agency must be a member of NENA to be eligible for an award.

Selection Criteria:

Selection of personnel for scholarship will be determined by specific objective criteria.  In some cases the award may be both objective and subjective.  These types of scholarships will use a selection committee of seven members from NENA appointed by the President and/or Executive Board and will be awarded annually.  Appointed committee members will include at least three Directors and/or Senior Managers and line personnel as appropriate. Internally, each agency may only submit one nominee total from their agency for each category (State or National) to the NENA Review and Selection Committee.  This may require the agency to form a Committee and review all their nominees to find the very best from their agency.  Nominees should be in good standing with their agency, excel in job tasks and who demonstrates the skills, initiative and desire to better their agency and the State Chapter of NENA as a whole.     

Scholarships Received: 

The State Chapter of Alabama will pay associated costs for the conference, in the areas of; conference registration, hotel, travel and meals not to exceed $2,000 total for the National Conference and $1,500 for the State Gulf Shores conference.  All member agencies and awardees should be aware that the stipend will be paid by the State NENA Chapter after the conference.  No pre- or post-conference events, additional housing or meals will be covered by the State NENA Chapter.  Compensation will be at actual costs for the event.  All receipts must be turned in with your request for cost coverage.  For example, if the event is a 4-day, 3-night conference, you should normally expect to be compensated for registration, 3-nights housing, and up to 5-days (including travel days) for meals (if appropriate).  Expenses of a personal nature incurred for the convenience of the traveler (movies, haircuts, entertainment, alcohol, etc.); including travel by indirect routes or stop-overs for personal reasons; or leaving earlier or returning later than necessary will not be covered.  It is acceptable for the traveler to leave their home or agency in reasonably sufficient time to arrive at an airport’s recommended pre-departure time, etc.  Agencies should be prepared to pay costs up-front for the selected nominee and award of a scholarship must be approved by the agency.
           

State NENA Conference Scholarship Application: To be filled out via an on-line application. Click Here