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Aid for trainees Allison K. Sampité | Sat, May 05 2012 12:00 PM

The city of National City recently began accepting scholarship applications for high school seniors at Sweetwater High School.

Up to six students could receive $1,000 each, which can be used for uniforms, books, supplies and/or to pay for college credits.

The scholarships are donated by American Medical Response and are part of the contract between itself and the city for its medical services.

Applicants must be 2012 graduates and attend fire/EMT or paramedic training at Southwestern College, San Diego Miramar College or Palomar College, with an interest in the pre-hospital arena.

National City Director of Emergency Services Frank Parra said the scholarships are meant to support parents of graduates who are pursuing a college education and also help students in difficult financial situations.

Sweetwater High graduate and National City resident Jorge Ruiz was a recipient of the scholarship award last year.
Ruiz, 18, said the scholarship paid for his EMT school.

“My dad was on unemployment,” he said. “There’s no way that I myself could have gotten the money for EMT school.”

Ruiz finished his finals Tuesday at Miramar College with a 96 percent and took the skills portion of the test Wednesday.

“We want to see kids apply who are active and involved in their community…” Parra said.

Applications are due May 24 and can be downloaded at www.nationalcityca.gov.

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