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EMS Program Assistance

If you are looking to pursue a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the South Carolina EMS Association is dedicated to helping you achieve your professional goals. Whether you are aiming to become an EMT, paramedic, or take on a leadership role in EMS, our organization is committed to providing comprehensive resources and expert guidance to support your career development and educational journey.

SC EMS Foundation

The South Carolina EMS Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting EMS education and workforce initiatives across South Carolina. The foundation offers financial assistance to support aspiring EMS professionals and organizations in South Carolina.

Application Process:

1. Application Submission: Applicants must complete the foundation's financial assistance application form providing details about their current EMS position or their enrollment in an EMS education program.

2. Submission Deadline: Applicants should be mindful of any deadlines for submitting their financial assistance applications.

3. Review Process: The foundation will review all applications and determine the distribution of financial assistance based on available funds and the merit of each application.

Click here to learn more about the SCEMSA Foundation.


This is a statewide technical college scholarship program designed to address workforce shortages in South Carolina.

Students seeking the SC Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship (SCWINS) must pursue a professional certificate, industry-recognized credential (IRC), diploma, or degree from one of the SC Technical College System’s 16 colleges. They may receive the SCWINS for only one certificate, diploma, or degree, unless the additional credential constitutes progress in the same field of study. Qualified students must meet the following criteria:
  • South Carolina resident
  • Enrolled in an eligible program
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Be employed
    • Take a financial literacy course offered at the technical college 
    • Complete 100 hours of voluntary time contributing to a nonprofit or public service organization

All credit-seeking students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each academic year. Changing majors is allowed within the acceptable disciplines in workforce program areas.

Recipients can be awarded up to $5,000 per academic year after applying all other scholarships or grants. The scholarship may cover the expenses related to tuition, fees and course-related costs.

Ready to get started?  Ask your financial aid office about the SC Wins Scholarship or learn more here.


Apprenticeship Carolina offers a unique approach to EMS education by allowing individuals to work in the field while simultaneously gaining hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge. This work-based learning model provides a pathway for aspiring EMS professionals to develop their skills while earning a living.

There are many benefits to becoming a registered apprentice including:

  • Earn while you learn
  • Obtain possible industry certifications
  • Participate in occupation specific training
  • Receive portable credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Take advantage of potential advancement within the company
  • Receive a set wage progression

    As part of the SC Technical College System, Apprenticeship Carolina provides Registered Program Specialists who can help:

    • Connect you with local technical college’s admissions, career services or placement offices
    • Point you to possible financial aid opportunities
    • Make you aware of any testing that may be applicable or required to your area of study/interest

    Learn more about becoming an apprentice here or what the video below.

    Employer Apprenticeship Program

    The concept of apprenticeship has expanded beyond traditional trades and has become a valuable workforce development tool across various occupations. In today's workforce, apprenticeship programs are prevalent in industries such as advanced manufacturing, information technology, energy, tourism, transportation and logistics, as well as healthcare, reflecting a new evolution of apprenticeship.

    Employers stand to benefit significantly from this modern iteration of apprenticeship, including access to a highly-skilled workforce, tax credits standardized training, and more.  Learn about employer resources and how to start a program here OR download a list of Apprenticeship Consultants here and reach out for more information.

    SC Rural EMT Tuition Assistance Program

    The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) is dedicated to ensuring that healthcare providers are well-equipped to address the diverse needs of underserved communities. As part of its initiatives, SCORH administers the SC Rural EMT Tuition Assistance Program, a competitive scholarship program that encompasses all levels of EMT training and education for individuals employed by rural EMS providers.

    To be eligible for funding, applicants must be currently enrolled in a South Carolina program, although they can submit their application prior to the commencement of their classes. Completion of the application requires the inclusion of the course provider's contact information, and only fully completed applications will be reviewed. In the event of multiple applications, the most recent complete submission will be considered for evaluation.
    Learn more or apply here.

    SC Student Loan BOLD PROGRAM

    Project BOLD facilitates connections between students, educators, and employers. By aligning students with employers at the onset of their educational journey, the program establishes a direct pathway to employment, bolsters recruitment and retention efforts, and reduces the loan burden on student borrowers.

    If you do not qualify for the scholarships or programs mentioned above, the BOLD loan program is designed to collaborate with employers and students to create a loan product that covers the specified amount determined by the employer, based on their terms. In the event of a breach of these terms by the student, such as failing a class or changing employment, the loan is transferred to the student, ensuring no loss to the employer.

    The BOLD Process

    • The student contacts SCSLC for eligibility information
    • Based on the employer's terms, the student signs an employer agreement
    • BOLD handles the loan process with the student and college
    • Employment begins after graduation
    • The employer pays annually based on the original agreement with our organization.

    Download the program flyer here for more details.

    If you have any questions about the program, please contact Destra Capers at

    If you missed the webinar on the South Carolina Student Loan BOLD Program we have a recording that you can view here.

    If you need further assistance, please reach out to SCEMSA Workforce Development Coordinator Steve McDade.


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