Naomi Hess, a student at River Hill High School, recently won the 2018 Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Youth Scholarship Award – a $10,000 prize that will help pay the tuition as she heads to her dream school of Princeton University. The ESA Youth Scholarship Program was established to honor the children of America’s first responders. Hess is the daughter of Steven Hess, Deputy Fire Chief at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Baltimore Student Earns $10,000 Scholarship from the Electronic Security Association’s Youth Scholarship Program
Naomi Hess Places First in Scholarship Competition Dedicated to Children of First Responders
Irving, Texas — Naomi Hess, a student at River Hill High School, recently won the 2018 Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Youth Scholarship Award – a $10,000 prize that will help pay the tuition as she heads to her dream school of Princeton University.
This philanthropic initiative recognizes the work of first responders, who serve to save and protect our country, by granting scholarships to their graduating sons and daughters. In 2018, ESA was supported by COPS Monitoring and Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) to award two overall first and second place winners.Hess is the daughter of Steven Hess, Deputy Fire Chief at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
“I am very thankful to the Electronic Security Association and its Youth Scholarship Program for this award,” says Hess. “Because of my father, I know I want to devote my career to helping others. I vow to do my very best to emulate my father’s kindness, leadership, optimism and bravery.”
The ESA Youth Scholarship Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and a personal essay about “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”
“Naomi’s essay stood out to us,” says Chris Mosley, president of ESA. “We appreciate the unwavering dedication of our nation’s first responders and the support they provide to our communities. ESA’s Youth Scholarship Award is designed to honor these brave men and women and their families. We could not be prouder to have Naomi win this award, and we wish her all the best as she begins her college education at Princeton.”
In her essay, Hess shares numerous stories about her father’s courage and compassion in his current position, as well as in his former role as Assistant Chief of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. She stresses the “compassion of the brotherhood” and the unique way it has touched her life.
“Philanthropy is very important to the fire department,” Hess wrote in her essay. “The firefighters have always worked hard to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association – my dad, of course, never knowing that one day he would have a daughter with Muscular Dystrophy who benefits from the fundraising efforts of these firefighters. It is this compassion of their brotherhood that reminds us all to lend a hand to others when we can.”
Hess is excited to pursue journalism at Princeton, a natural major selection for her as she works at a local book store and has read more than 100 books in a year. She also has a BIG message to share with others.
“Try hard and do your best. You never know how far you can get until you push yourself,” she says.
Since its launch in 1996, the ESA Youth Scholarship Program has awarded more than $633,500 to students by ESA and its participating chapters.
Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. Together, ESA member companies employ more than 500,000 industry professionals and serve more than 34 million residential and commercial clients.www.ESAweb.org
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