August 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403

STEVE LOVATO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

AWARDED TO ENMU-ROSWELL STUDENTS

Four Emergency Medical Services students at ENMU-Roswell are on their way to fulfilling their career dreams thanks to the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund. The students, Kit Dilley, Courtney King, Shawna Mullins and Stacee Ramirez met with Lovato’s parents, Lawrence and Rosie Lovato, on campus recently to express their gratitude. The scholarship will cover the students’ educational expenses, including tuition, fees and the purchase of books, as they begin classes this fall semester.

Dilley, 19, doesn’t qualify for additional financial aid because he has already earned an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. He had returned to ENMU-Roswell to begin the EMS program, but was intending to drop his classes because of the cost. Just in time, he was notified that he had received the scholarship. “Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to get this degree, but now I can thanks to people like this who help students further their careers,” Dilley said. His goal is to become a SWAT medic, so he can assist civilians, police, and military personnel in crisis situations.

            King, 22, said emergency medical services is her passion. She will be following in the footsteps of her mom who is also a paramedic. After she receives her Associate of Science degree in EMS-Paramedic, she plans to complete the nursing bridge program. Her goal is to become a flight nurse/paramedic. King said she applied for the scholarship after her sister-in-law sent her a picture of the application notice in the newspaper. “I was excited when I found out I got the scholarship,” she said.

            Mullins, 27, said the scholarship will be a tremendous help to her as she continues her education to become a paramedic. She has already completed EMS Basic and Intermediate training and has eight years of experience working as an emergency responder. She has also worked as an emergency room tech for the past two and a half years. She is employed by Superior Ambulance and volunteers with the Dexter Fire Department. Becoming a paramedic has been her dream since she was in high school. “I like patient care. It’s very rewarding.” Mullins said her goal is to become a flight medic.

            Ramirez, 28, is from Hobbs. She has been interested in the emergency medical services field since she was a teenager. “It is a way to make a difference” she said. Ramirez is also thrilled about receiving the scholarship. “I feel so blessed. What a beautiful way for the family to honor the memory of their son and leave a legacy.”

On March 16, 2002, Steve Lovato was killed while on duty working for American Medical Response (AMR) responding to an explosion. Lovato, 30, was an accomplished Emergency Medi­cal Technician-Intermediate and had worked for AMR since 1998. He had planned to continue his education to become a paramedic. Shortly after Lovato’s death, the scholarship was created to remember his life and legacy. The fund provides scholarships to deserving students interested in becoming EMT’s/paramedics and is administered by the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation. To donate to the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship fund, please make your tax deductible contribution payable to:

The Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o Craig Collins, Foundation Coordinator

ENMU-Roswell Foundation

P.O. Box 6000

Roswell NM 88202-6000

For more information, contact Collins at 575-624-7304 or the ENMU-Roswell Financial Aid office at 575-624-7114.

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