Scholarship Recipients

2019-2020 Scholarship Awardees

The IAEM Scholarship Commission awarded scholarships to four students in emergency management, disaster management and related programs for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations to this year’s IAEM Scholarship recipients.

2019-2020 Scholarship Recipient Profiles

  • Natalie Cote, the third awardee of the Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM, Scholarship for Service in Emergency Management, is working on a B.S. degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at Northwest Missouri State University. She is planning to graduate in 2021. In 2018, she took part in the Missouri-Hope Atlantica disaster simulation, hosted by Northwest. This exercise prompted her to expand her skills and she trained to become a certified Community Emergency Response Team member in spring 2019. Her passion lies within the intersection of emergency management and cultural heritage and she is earning a Public History minor. A recent project to update and improve the Emergency Prepareness, Response, and Recovery Plan for her hometown library was met with praise from the library leadership. Natalie was awarded a $4,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Shannon Evans plans to complete her Masters in Sustainability at Chatham University in December 2020. She is the second awardee of the Samuel Henry Prince IAEM Scholarship funded by IAEM-Canada. Shannon is the emergency/risk coordinator for the Allegheny County (PA) Department of Human Services where she is instrumental in assisting the Allegheny County Department Emergency Services during the planning and recovery phases of emergencies and disasters. As part of Emergency Behavioral Health group, her team has assisted at exercises, that may have strong triggers or be sensitive, to be available to address any behavioral health needs. She has also managed hundreds of Individual Assistance requests following disasters. Shannon is an active member of the Keystone Emergency Management Association and as a member of the Conference Committee was responsible for last year’s basket raffle. Shannon received a $2,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Maia Foster is working toward a M.A. of Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University. She plans to graduate in spring 2020. When she began her degree, she came from the field of history and political science. Her current thesis research draws upon her previous learning, as well as disaster studies related to wildfires, evacuations, and First Nations experiences during evacuations. While in school she has participated in a number of roles including serving as a member of the Guyana Policy and Research Committee, and volunteering with GlobalMedic, Foodshare Toronto, the Local Enhancement Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), and the Lunik Co-Op. In addition, she has developed a research agenda that includes the knowledge translation between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, as well as the inclusion of historically marginalized populations in the decision-making and planning processes. Maia was awarded a $4,000 IAEM Scholarship. 
  • Amanda Newell is working toward a M.A. of Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University. She plans to graduate in fall 2019. As a full-time student, Amanda has also balanced her studies with a full time job. Since May 2018, she has been working with Frontline Operations Group as an emergency management specialist. One of her first job assignments was in a local government EOC, where her company was providing response operations expertise for a major flood event. She filled key roles throughout the event in the operations and logistics sections. Amanda then parlayed her response experience into providing leadership and expertise for flood recovery planning and operations for the client. She has also taken on several evacuation planning projects for local governments. Amanda was awarded a $4,000 IAEM Scholarship.

Previous IAEM Scholarship Recipients

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