Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship Application

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Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship Application

Paul Jackson served in Bravo Company, 501st BN, 101st Airborne Division during WWII. As a paratrooper, Mr. Jackson made the jump into Normandy during Operation Overlord, the jump into Holland during Operation Market Garden, and was wounded on 12 January 1945 in Bastogne, Belgium.

In honor of Mr. Jackson’s sacrifice, SDI is proud to present the semi-annual Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship. The annual scholarship provides full tuition and fees each semester to two recipients, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

The Paul Jackson First Responder Scholarship is a full academic scholarship for SDI’s Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree program. All applicants must:

  • Currently be serving or be retired from the armed forces; currently be serving or be retired from law enforcement; currently be serving or be a retired firefighter; or currently be serving or a retired emergency medical technician.
  • Be in good standing or received an honorable release from their branch of service or field.
  • Provide documentation verifying service.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for the firearms industry and gunsmithing trade by answering essay questions.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation sent directly to the school by the individual providing the recommendation. The letter may come from a commander or director if still serving or from a non-family member for retired applicants.
  • Submit a DD214 if post-military service.
  • Begin studies at SDI within 6 months following the award of the scholarship.

Continuing Eligibility

  • Recipients must meet SDI’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and be free of any financial holds on their accounts.
  • Recipients must be continuously enrolled to retain scholarship eligibility.

*Note: Please send all documentation to: Sonoran Desert Institute attn: Scholarships, 8767 E. Via de Ventura, Ste. 126, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Essay:

    Applicants must provide answers to the following two essay questions (maximum 500 words per essay). The document should clearly specify each answer by number. Essays will be scored on quality, content, organization, and proper formatting, grammar, and spelling.

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Deadline:

    SDI must be in receipt of all application documentation as noted above by the following deadlines to be considered for the award:

    • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on December 1st for the spring award.
    • By midnight Mountain Standard Time on June 1st for the fall award.

    Evaluation Process:

    Applicants will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee. The selected recipient will be identified based on a combination of factors including:

    • Essay Score
    • Recommendation Letter

    Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email approximately 30 days after the scholarship deadline. The chosen recipient must respond within the next 30 days indicating intent to accept the scholarship. Should the recipient opt out or fail to respond within 30 days, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.

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