ESA to begin accepting applications for youth scholarship program

Irving, TX, October 20, 2009 - The Electronic Security Association (ESA) formerly known as the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has begun accepting applications for the 2010 Youth Scholarship Program which will award $10,000 in scholarships to two children of active duty police officers and firefighters. The first place winner will receive $7,500 to put towards their college education and the second place winner will receive $2,500.

Since the ESA Youth Scholarship Program was created in 1996, the association and its affiliated Chartered Chapters have donated more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to students whose parents are police and fire officials.

“The men and women that serve this country each and every day as police officers or firefighters are heroes and national treasures,” said ESA President Mike Miller. “The work they do in protecting our communities can never be appreciated enough. This scholarship is one of the ways we can thank our deserving public safety partners.”

Eligible students must be between 15 and 20 years old, a graduating high school senior and have been accepted for admission to an accredited college or university. Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who is a full-time police officer or fire fighter. Students will be required to write an essay titled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”

Students residing in a state with a participating ESA Chartered Chapter must enter through their state-level scholarship program to be considered for the national awards. The winners from each state chapter are automatically considered for the national scholarship. Students who reside in a state without an ESA chapter or in a non-participating state should submit their applications directly to ESA.

Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. The deadline for submitting applications is March 31, 2010. For complete scholarship rules and a list of participating states visit ESA's Web site at and click on Public Safety.