Volunteer State Community College student Evan Guin was awarded his third Law Enforcement Education Program Dream Scholarship, which is double the amount awarded to recipients in previous years.
He is among 27 top students who will receive the $2,000 award to encourage the pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of LEEP.
Guin earned his advanced emergency medical technician license and is using his award to pursue an associate’s degree in fire science. He’s an EMT in the emergency room at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. Guin is also a volunteer firefighter with the Mt. Juliet Fire Department and was an advanced EMT at Lifecare EMS in Mt. Juliet. His initial career goal is to be an EMT and firefighter.
He would eventually like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fire science or emergency management.
“I want to open more doors and opportunities later on,” he said, referring to fire investigation.
Guin follows in the footsteps of his brother, Kelly, a Mississippi firefighter and an instructor in Colorado for the past 16 years.
“Kelly has been a great inspiration and role model for me from an early age. His demeanor, drive and passion for his job have led me to want to become the same great firefighting/EMT veteran he has become,” Guin said in his scholarship application.
Guin is certified in basic firefighting, firefighting I live burn, introduction to fire and emergency services, CPR, AED and pre-hospital trauma life support. He also completed a 32-hour radiological monitoring class.
“I graduated from the inaugural Mt. Juliet Fire Explorer program in 2014, which served as an introductory platform to community service outreach programs…” Guin said.
He was a member of HOSA-Future Health Professionals from 2009-2014 and on an AAU wrestling team from 2005-2014.
“It was through this competition, practice, hard work and dedication from my teammates that I was able to finish as high as fourth in the state of Tennessee during my AAU wrestling career,” Guin said. “This teamwork mentality has followed me to this day, and I believe it will help with my ongoing career development.”
In its 13th year, LEEP has awarded about $216,000 in dream scholarships to students with a demonstrated interest in public service and law enforcement careers. The nonprofit public safety group’s scholarships are made possible by a growing list of national supporters.
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