Scholarship Recipients

2018-2019 Scholarship Awardees

The IAEM Scholarship Commission awarded scholarships to three students in emergency management, disaster management and related programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to this year’s IAEM Scholarship recipients.

2018-2019 Scholarship Recipient Profiles

  • Savannah Baker, the second 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. Prior to beginning her academic career, she participated with the university department in a major regional emergency medical support mission in Saint Joseph Missouri for 20,000 eclipse viewers and volunteered to participate in a major active shooter exercise involving more than 150 student role players and 5 simulated casualties. In the exercise, she worked the Emergency Medical Triage, Treatment and Transport site. She joined the university as a Presidential Scholar and distinguished herself during the university’s high intensity, high fidelity Missouri Hope Disaster Field Training Exercise. In addition, her student team in the Planning and Preparedness class won first place for their risk assessment and mitigation project. Savannah was awarded a $4,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Paul Cull, CEM, is working toward a Master of Emergency Management at Massey University in Canterbury, New Zealand. He plans to graduate in 2019. For more than 20 year, Paul has worked as a full-time volunteer with faith-based non-profit organizations in Brazil, with his financial support coming through contributions from friends, families and several churches in his home country of New Zealand. In 1997, he founded the House of Hope Project in the impoverished hillside community of Cordoeira, in the city of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. Then, in 2003, Paul began to implement with FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s authorization, the Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Following the major landslides and flooding in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro in Jan. 2011, he was involved with coordinating the operation of a response team, and then assisted with the implementation of the CERT program with community groups and high schools. This led to the formation of the micro-business CERT Brazil to take the CERT program and training to interested groups, which Paul led until Feb. 2018, when he left to return to New Zealand. Paul has participated with Crisis Response International, Iris Relief, American Red Cross and the New Zealand Red Cross. He has continued to deploy to disasters throughout the world, including Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Harvey, landslides in Brazil and Freetown and earthquake recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand. He earned the Certified Emergency Management credential in 2017. He was awarded a $3,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Lauren Opett, PEM, MEP, plans to complete her M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University in May 2019. She is the first awardee of the Samuel Henry Prince IAEM Scholarship funded by IAEM-Canada. Lauren is a state exercise officer for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. She is also an adjunct instructor and subject matter expert for the FEMA Emergency Management Institute where she provides instruction for various emergency management training courses, including the Master Exercise Practitioner Program, and the Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning courses. Lauren also is a member of the DHS advisory panel for the review, revision, and implementation of existing independent study and resident courses. She holds the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) Professional Emergency Manager certificate and is a member of VEMA’s Board of Directors. In 2018, she was awarded the VEMA Addison E. Slayton Award and the Virginia National Guard Commendation Medal. Lauren received a $1,500 IAEM Scholarship.

Previous IAEM Scholarship Recipients

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