2017-2018 Scholarship Awardees

The IAEM Scholarship Commission awarded scholarships to five students in emergency management, disaster management and related programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Congratulations to this year’s IAEM Scholarship recipients.


2017-2018 Scholarship Recipient Profiles

  • Michael Apollo, Jr., the first awardee of the Robert C. Bohlmann, CEM, Scholarship for Service in Emergency Management, is working on a double major at the University at Albany, SUNY: B.A. in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; and a B.A, in Journalism. He is planning to graduate in 2020. Following his first year in the program, Michael was a volunteer summer intern with the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and was involved with the Office of Emergency Management. Additionally, he continues his involvement with the Larchmont Volunteer Ambulance Corps (LVAC) where he is an EMT and is in the driver training program. At the University at Albany, Michael serves as the World Ambassador for the World of Security, Risk and Resilience Living-Learning Community, where he serves as a peer mentor for students that have joined the brand new living-learning community that is aligned with the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Michael currently is the public information officer for the University at Albany IAEM Student Chapter. He was awarded a $3,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Frank Ferreira is working toward a M.P.S in Emergency and Disaster Management at Georgetown University. He plans to graduate in 2021. Frank is an intergovernmental affairs specialist at FEMA and was awarded a $750 scholarship for a part-time graduate student. Frank has been at FEMA for the past 12 years in a number of positions, at both the regional and headquarters levels, including: acting deputy director; team lead; external affairs officer; external affairs officer; external affairs section chief; public information officer; and planning chief.
  • Carmin Moore plans to complete her M.A. in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University by the end of 2017. As a student, she developed a culturally sensitive emergency preparedness program to engage indigenous youth using creative arts. The program gives youth the opportunity to use art to learn about emergency preparedness and empowers them to provide input on how to prepare their community and what they feel needs to be implemented in policy and practice. Additionally, she completed an internship at the Village of Queen Charlotte, where she helped develop an innovative tsunami preparedness project for the municipalities across Haida Gwaii. In 2014, Carmin was nominated for the Stars of Alberta award for providing extraordinary volunteer efforts that contributed to the wellbeing of community. She is the vice president of the IAEM-Canada Student Region. Carmin received a $4,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Cristina Pareja is working toward an M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management at Philadelphia University. She plans to graduate in 2018. In April 2016, Cristina was working at the Ministry of Health of Ecuador as a physician. Following the April 16, 2016 7.8 Ecuadorian coastal earthquake, she was compelled to provide assistance at the site. Experiencing the disaster first hand and understanding the need to be organized, Cristina made a life decision to begin studying in the program at Philadelphia University. She hopes to gain more experience in emergency management and share the knowledge in her home country. Cristina was awarded a $2,000 IAEM Scholarship.
  • Lorenzo Dean Sanchez is working toward a Ph.D. in Demography at The University of Texas as San Antonio. While going to school part-time, he is the full-time director of emergency management at the university. He plans to graduate in 2018. Lorenzo completed an M.A. in 2006 and entered public service. During his professional career, he has served in many disaster response capacities both in Texas and Florida, to include serving as an emergency management assistant with the City of Austin (Austin Energy); emergency management coordinator with Miami-Dade County; and senior emergency management specialist with City of San Antonio. Lorenzo was awarded a $750 IAEM Scholarship for a part-time student.

Previous IAEM Scholarship Recipients

Download a chart of past recipients of IAEM Scholarships.


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