Senate Bill 8 EMS Recruitment and Retention Information
STRAC is once again accepting SB 8 scholarship applications.
Moving forward priority will be given to EMS agencies operating in rural counties - defined as
counties with a population under 50,000.
To support the growing opportunities in the field of EMS, the Texas Legislature is providing $21.7
million to distribute towards funding EMS recruitment, education, and retention. STRAC is providing
scholarship funding to qualified Department of State Health Services (DSHS) licensed EMS providers to
increase the EMS workforce within TSA-P.
- Up to $2000.00 per student that completes an EMT class including books, materials and one NREMT exam
- Up to $3200.00 per student that completes an AEMT class including books, materials and one NREMT
- Up to $8000.00 per student that completes a Paramedic class including books, materials and one NREMT
- Students must commit to serving:
- One year as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Two years as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or Paramedic if upgrading your
- 96 hours per month working or volunteering on an ambulance
Within 90 days of completing a DSHS approved EMS course students must:
- Pass the National Registry exam
- Complete State certification process
- Begin working or volunteering for a DSHS licensed EMS Provider
Scholarships are provided by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to approved EMS Education
programs or licensed EMS providers. Scholarships are available based on documented need, with special
attention given to rural and underserved areas within Texas.