At AT&T, we’ve been given the responsibility of building out the FirstNet, Built by AT&T® wireless broadband network built specifically for public safety in Oklahoma, and across the United States. We also want to do what we can to help inspire and prepare the next generation of first responders in Oklahoma. With this goal in mind, we created the AT&T Public Safety Scholarship program.
On October 16, I was able to spend time visiting with students and staff at Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City, learning more about the students’ plans for the future and their commitment to their communities. The students were among the recipients of our AT&T Public Safety Scholarships, working on certificates or degrees in responder programs, including:
- Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
- Paramedicine Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Firefighter Certificate
- Fire Protection AAS
- Police Science AAS
- Police Science AAS with Crime Scene Investigation Concentration
- Police Science AS
- Police Science Crime Scene Investigation Certificate
- Public Safety Management Bachelor of Technology
Our support will enable the university to offer $1,000 scholarships to 25 students.
I was inspired by one of the student speakers who is a recipient of one of our scholarships. A survivor of domestic violence herself, this student has decided to pursue a Crime Victim Survivor Services Degree to help others who have been affected by criminal trauma. As one of eight children, she also would be the first college graduate in her family.
It was an honor to meet her and her classmates who will be answering the call to serve their fellow citizens.
Dr. Pam Stinson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs shared with me during my visit: “We are so appreciative to AT&T for the financial support of our students. The graduates of these programs will not only be providing a service to our communities, but they will also be saving lives daily. We are grateful to AT&T for helping students reduce financial barriers as they learn those vital skills.”
I left feeling encouraged about the next generation of public safety leaders who are deeply committed to serving their communities.
FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners