Call for Commissioners 2021

Call for Scholarship Commissioners 2021

Class of 2024

Deadline to Apply is June 30, 2021.

The IAEM Scholarship Commission is expanding to provide for a broader and more diverse representation of the emergency management profession, and a more balanced workload for its members. As a result there are several new positions to fill from EM sectors previously not represented, such as uniformed services, healthcare/public health, federal/state level EMs, and INGOs (including VOADS and faith-based organizations.)

The IAEM Scholarship Commission is seeking candidates to fill eight openings in the Class of 2024, serving from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2024, two openings in the Class of 2022 (term ending Dec. 31, 2022), and three openings in the Class of 2023 (term ending Dec. 31, 2023). In addition, the Commission annually seeks a person to represent the Scholarship Founders of the program.

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.
  • Note: Those appointed to the Commission may not apply for an IAEM Scholarship until three years post Commission service.


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 here.

Candidates are being sought for the following positions.

Class of 2024, serving from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2024
  • IAEM-Canada Council Representative
  • Federal or State Level EM
  • Donor Representative
  • Academia Representative
  • Member-at-Large, USA
  • INGO (including VOAD and Faith-based Organizations) Representative
  • Private Sector Industry Representative
  • Student Representative
Class of 2023, serving when chosen until Dec. 31, 2023
  • Private Sector Industry Representative
  • INGO (including VOAD and Faith-based Organizations) Representative
  • Uniformed Services/Military Representative
Class of 2022, serving when chosen until Dec. 31, 2022
  • Healthcare/Public Health Representative
  • INGO (including VOAD and Faith-based Organizations) Representative
  • Founders' 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, dawn@iaem.com, by June 30, 2021. 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.