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Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns


Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns

Each summer, START awards one $500 scholarship to one non-traditional student within the University of Maryland System who is also a START intern that summer.

This scholarship honors the memory of Paul Gallo, a researcher and project manager within the Special Projects Division of START. Paul made a mid-life decision to go back to college and worked as an unpaid intern at START. Having distinguished himself from the crowd, he was brought on as an hourly employee, and then eventually hired as a full-time researcher. He focused on radiological and nuclear security issues and was a wonderful colleague. Paul received his bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security Management from the University of Maryland University College and was pursuing his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security when, in the fall of 2014, he unexpectedly passed away. Paul is remembered not only for his inspiring professional story, but for his sense of humor and love for his family.

START will award this scholarship to assist with the unique challenges of non-traditional students, and to honor Paul’s legacy. Preference will be given to applicants with emergency management and response background and U.S. Citizenship is required. The recipient must intern with START during the summer in which the scholarship is awarded.

Applicants must submit:

  • An application for START's summer 2017 internship program (applications found HERE),
  • An application for START's Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship (application found HERE).

For reference, a definition of a Non-Traditional Student is provided here:

A Non-Traditional Student as defined by the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) is a current student  having one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Delays enrollment (does not enter post-secondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school)
  2. Attends part time for at least part of the academic year
  3. Works full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled.
  4. Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid
  5. Has dependents other than a spouse-usually children, but sometimes others.
  6. Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated).

Source: http://www.evolllution.com/opinions/definition-of-non-traditional-students-a-paradigm-change/

Please direct questions regarding this scholarship to education@start.umd.edu.

Students who have already submitted applications for the Summer 2017 internship may submit their essays for consideration to education@start.umd.edu.