About the Scholarship Program

In 1996, the Electronic Security Association launched the Youth Scholarship Program. 

The electronic security industry works intimately with the public safety sector. We appreciate the contribution that police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs offer to our communities. To show this appreciation, the program was developed to provide college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.

Through the Youth Scholarship Program, thousands of dollars have been given to students attending higher education institutions across our country. In fact, more than $621,000 has been given out by the participating states and ESA.

2018 applications will be available in December

Today, ESA and participating Chartered Chapter Associations are involved in the scholarship program. The first-place winner of each state’s program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards.

Students who reside in a participating state must enter their state-level scholarship program to be considered for the national awards. Students who reside in a state without an ESA chapter or in a non-participating state should submit their applications directly to ESA. ESA will select one of these students as the national nominee to compete with the state winners. This student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Each state program awards scholarships at various levels — you check with your participating ESA chapter for information on specific state award levels. ESA awards a $7,500 scholarship to the first-place winner, and $2,500 to the second-place winner.

Award Criteria

Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”

How to Apply

This year, 17 ESA Chartered Chapters will take part in the Youth Scholarship Program. Please check the list below to see if you reside in one of these states. Applicants who live in a participating state must apply directly to the Chartered Chapter. For official deadlines, please contact your state's program by using the information listed below. The representative in each state will give you the deadlines and other important information.


For more information

If you are an ESA member interested in starting the program in your state or chapter, contact Jillian Bateman at:
Jillian.Bateman@esaweb.org (888) 447-1689 ext. 6835

ESA Youth Scholarship Program

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 ESA Youth Scholarship Program will award a $7,500 scholarship to the first-place winner, and $2,500 to the second-place winner.

1. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 20. He or she must be a graduating high school senior who will receive a diploma from an accredited high school, located within the state where they apply. Home schooled students and students attending military or boarding schools are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, matriculating the following year.

2. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who meets the following qualifications: a. The student’s school must be located in the state where the parent is a full-time active employee OR within a 100-mile radius of where the parent is a full-time active employee. b. Parent must be a full-time paid member of the police or sheriff’s department or fire department. Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department. c. Parent or guardian must be an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT (public sector). Children of administrative staff do not qualify. d. Children of DHS, FBI and other Federal employees do not qualify. e. Children of reserve officers, part-time sheriff’s deputies and retired, or deceased employees do not qualify.

3. Each student must submit a fully completed and signed application. The application may be submitted first, followed by other required documents. Application and all other required documents must be received on or before the deadline to be accepted. Failure to follow instructions can result in disqualification.

4. Students must submit the following: a. Completed and signed application b. Essay (typed) c. Transcripts from the school (or parent if home schooled) that lists the student’s grade point average. GPA must be in a standard 4.0 or 0-100 percent scale or conversion method must be provided (weighted GPA scores accepted). d. Proof of acceptance to a college or university (letter/certificate acceptable; does not have to be the student’s intended college or university). e. Proof of parent’s occupation (copy of ID or supervisory letter on station letterhead acceptable). f. Copies of official SAT and/or ACT test score results. (These may be included on and sent with official high school transcripts). g. Résumé listing community service, academic prizes, awards, hobbies, extracurricular activities and work history. h. Proof of verified community service. i. Letter of recommendations from a high school counselor, teacher or other outside agency which verifies participation in extracurricular activities and speaks of the student’s character.

5. All materials become the property of the ESA Chartered Chapter (if applicable) and ESA. By submitting an application and essay, the student grants permission to publish any and all essays. Applicants also agree that if they win, they will cooperate in publicity efforts, including (but not limited to) participating in interviews with state and national ESA communications, local, trade and national press, and submitting photos for inclusion in state chapter and national publications, press materials and online. Applicants will make every effort to meet with the local ESA chapter for an award presentation ceremony. (Attendance at such an event is not a requirement but is encouraged.)

6. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, community service, extracurricular participation and the essay. All decisions are final. The score is based on the following:

a. Grade Average 20 Points

b. SAT Scores or ACT 20 Points

c. Essay 20 Points

d. Verified Community Service 25 Points

e. Academic prizes, awards, hobbies, school and outside extracurricular activities 20 Points

TOTAL 100 Points

Executive Director Susan Brenton
Arizona Alarm Association
2158 N. Gilbert, #116
Mesa, AZ 85203
Phone: (480) 831-1318

New York
Executive Director Dale Eller
New York State Electronic Security Association
234 Hudson Avenue
PMB 9401, Albany, NY 12210
P: (800) 556-9232 (NY) or 
(814) 838-0301 (Outside NY)
F: (814) 838-5127


Executive Director Jerry Lenander
California Alarm Association
333 Washington Blvd #433
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (800) 437-7658
Fax: (800) 490-9682


North Carolina
Executive Director Lee Campbell
North Carolina Electronic Security Association 
110 Horizon Dr., Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: (919) 465-2021
Fax: (919) 459-2075 

Executive Director Pat Shea Remes
Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association
PO Box 7230
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone: (203) 762-2444
Fax: (203) 762-9211

Executive Director Dale Eller
Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association
c/o ITZ Solutions
3718 West Lake Rd.
Erie, PA 16505
Phone: (800) 458-8512
or (814) 838-3093 (outside PA)
Fax: (814) 838-5127

Rick Seymour
ESA Florida
CSI: Palm Beach
1333 53rd St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: (561) 848-7818

Executive Director Penny Brooks
Tennessee Electronic Security Association
PO Box 150062
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 791-9590
Fax: (615) 791-1811

Karen Sullivan, Scholarship Committee Chairperson
Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association
PO Box 1438
Jonesboro, GA 30237
Phone: (800) 948-9531 ext. 108
Cell: (678) 898-3567
Fax: (770) 692-2892

Executive Director Michelle Best
ESA Utah
358 South 700 East
Suite B #602
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: (801) 982-9083

ESA Board Rep. Karen Maples
ESA Indiana
9998 Crosspoint Blvd.
Suite 200 - Licensing
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: (317) 806-3749
Fax: (317) 806-3797
Jim Ragsdale
ESA Virginia
Scholarship Committee Chair
918 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 979-7979
Fax: (434) 979-7980
Executive Director Gwen Clavelle 
Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association 
208 W Gloria Switch Road, Ste. 112 
Lafayette, LA 70507 
Phone: (337) 886-7282 
Fax: (337) 886-7284 

Executive Director Margaret Spitznas
ESA Washington
PO Box 73087
Puyallup, WA  98373
Phone: (206) 436-5343

Nevada (Clark County Residents Only)
Executive Director Jeanne Palmer 
Nevada Security Association 
205 N. Stephanie St., Suite D#170 
Henderson, NV 89074 
Phone: (702) 551-4672

Jean Novy
Wisconsin Electronic Security Association
Scholarship Committee Chair
1700 E. Beverly Road
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 510-3963

New Jersey
Executive Director Christine Higgins
New Jersey Electronic Security Association
96A Vanderburg Road
Marlboro, NJ 07746
Phone: (609) 695-4444




2017 Award Winner
Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill of Bristow, VA

Congratulations to Jessica Hill of Bristow, first-place winner of a $9,000 scholarship in the 2017 ESA Youth Scholarship Program. Congratulations also go to second-place winner Michelle Bello of Pennsauken, NJ who received a $3,500 scholarship.

Click here to see read Jessica’s essay.

Past Winners

Jessica Hill of Bristow, VA

Katherine Waugh of Easton, CT

Katherine Waugh of Easton, CT

Douglas Leonard

Douglas Leonard

Mackenzie McDonald

Mackenzie McDonald

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