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Call for IAEM Scholarship Commissioners: Class of 2021 and Class of 2020

Download the Call for Scholarship Commissioners for details on how to submit an application packet. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

The IAEM Scholarship Commission is seeking candidates to fill five openings in the Class of 2020, serving from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021, and two in the class of 2020, serving from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The Scholarship Commission is appointed by the IAEM-USA Board of Directors to conduct the business of the Scholarship Program. The major duties include:

  • Guide and participate in the annual scholarship awards process. The Commission reviews past application procedures to provide beneficial updates and guidelines prior to an application period. Online application reviews are conducted annually, and commissioners are expected to review, on average, 20-30 applications, based on volume, within a 30-day window. Interested applicants must be detail oriented, responsive via email and phone, and possess clear, concise writing skills.
  • The commission holds monthly meetings to conduct the business of the commission. Eleven meetings a year are held in the Go to Meeting portal. One in-person meeting is conducted at the IAEM-USA Annual Meeting, and commissioners are encouraged to attend. Occasionally, commissioners may be asked to serve on a short-term ad-hoc working group related to a topic of discussion on the Scholarship Commission.
  • Assist with fundraising and marketing efforts.
  • Recommend program policy changes and status to the IAEM-USA Board of Directors.

Commissioner Attributes

  • A Commissioner should have an appreciation of students and the study of emergency management.
  • A Commissioner should understand and have an appreciation for the emergency management career field.
  • A Commissioner should possess experience in the field of emergency management and have demonstrated longevity. (This attribute is not necessary for the IAEM Student Member Representative and may not be relevant to the Past Scholarship Recipient Representative if the recipient is a recent graduate with little experience.)
  • A Commissioner should have proficiency in the industry.
  • A Commissioner should be able to attend meetings, conduct reviews, assist in commission projects, and help with fundraising.

Open Positions

We are specifically looking for individuals to fill specific seats on the Commission. However, any interested individual is encouraged to apply, as we are looking to identify people who are willing to serve as alternates to represent each category within the Commission should seats become available mid-term. A Chart of Commissioner Categories is available in Attachment 1.

The following positions are open in the Class of 2021, serving from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

  • Academia Representative
  • Donor Representative
  • Founders Representative
  • IAEM-Canada Council Representative
  • Member-at-Large – U.S.

The following positions are open in the Class of 2020, serving from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

  • IAEM Student Member Representative
  • Past Scholarship Recipient Representative

How to Apply

To apply to be an IAEM Scholarship Commission member, you must submit an application packet to IAEM Scholarship Program Director Dawn M. Shiley, shiley@iaem.com, by July 31, 2019. The packet must include:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Expresses your desire to serve on the Commission
  • Indicates that the applicant will be able to devote the necessary time to conduct annual application review, attend meetings, and help with projects and fundraising (at least 60 hours per year)
  • Indicates the Commission Position (or Positions) that you are qualified to fill and why.
  • Current Resume (Limit to two pages maximum)

Strong applications will provide examples to demonstrate the following desired criteria:

  • Articulates how own experience in emergency management translates into being a good Scholarship Commissioner
  • Ability to meet time commitment required by the Scholarship Commission
  • Ability to work in an unbiased and confidential manner
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting the IAEM Scholarship Program
  • Experience using digital/online tools
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Clear, concise writing skills and attention to detail


IAEM Seeks Participants for Industry Partner Survey – Partner Will Donate to Scholarship Program for Every Survey Completed

(25 June 2019) At IAEM, we value feedback from our members and the emergency management community. It strengthens our partnerships and ensures we are meeting the needs of the EM community. We are currently seeking feedback for an industry partner on features used by Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel.

For every survey response, the IAEM Scholarship Program will receive a donation (up to the maximum donation of $10,000) from our industry partner. Please help provide information and at the same time provide support to the future of emergency management through scholarships to those seeking degrees.

Please take a moment to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKMFQB2. The questions should only take about 8-10 minutes of your time. The deadline to complete the survey is July 23, 2019.

Providing contact information during the survey is optional. Any contact information provided will be for IAEM’s use only and will not be shared with the industry partner. If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Dawn Shiley.