We are pleased to announce that the FSDS will hold it’s first ever essay writing contest, with the prize to be a full scholarship to the SD Trainer Academy.  This scholarship is valued at $3,000.  The scholarship monies were a generous donation from Dr. Margaret Brown, in loving memory of her husbands first SD “Dorjee”.

Applicants must submit an essay that is between 2,000-2,500 words and answers the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to become a SD trainer?
  • Why do you wish to work with the disability community?
  • What qualities do you possess that make you a good candidate for this program?
  • In what type of setting do you see yourself working in 5 years?  10 years?
  • What type of personal connection, if any, do you have to the military and first response community?

Applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a permanent resident of AZ for at least one year
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be interested in SD training as a career path
  • have no history of felony conviction or pending charges
  • have no history of illicit substance abuse
  • be willing to obtain a fingerprint clearance card
  • be willing to remain with the FSDS for at least 2 years after graduation

Applications will be accepted between Feb. 1 and April 30th.  The winner will be announced in late May.  Essays must be:

  • neatly typed
  • 12 point font
  • standard 1″ margins
  • fall within the word count ranges specified above; those that fall below or above the word count requirements will not be considered.

Please include a cover page with your essay with the following information:

  • Name and contact information (email and phone)
  • Mailing address
  • DOB
  • Place of birth