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Background: The Maryland Emergency Management Association (MDEMA) has established the MDEMA Donald “Doc” Lumpkins Memorial Scholarship Program to nurture, promote and develop future emergency management professionals by furthering the education of students studying emergency management and related career fields.

Purpose: To financially assist students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree in emergency management or a closely related career field.

Scope: Each calendar year, MDEMA will offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to eligible students in each of the following five geographic areas:

Area I – Western Maryland (Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties)
Area II – National Capital (Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties)
Area III – Central Maryland (Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties)
Area IV – Eastern Shore (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties)
Area V – Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties)


  • Members of MDEMA and their immediate family members are not eligible for the scholarship program. Immediate family members are defined as those who reside with MDEMA members.
  • Applicant must be either: – A senior attending an accredited Maryland high school who has been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university, and who plans to major in emergency management or a closely related field, or; – A student currently accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university who is pursuing a degree in emergency management or a closely related field.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the MDEMA Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in the emergency management field of study; however, students pursuing a degree in a closely related field may also apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on evaluation of a combination of the following: o the quality of the applicant’s essay o successful completion of the Local Emergency Management Contact Form; o evidence of community involvement; o student records; o unweighted GPA; and o personal references. Applications will be accepted in electronic format only. Applications MUST be received via email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.