Michael P. McMahon Scholarship

The Michael P. McMahon Scholarship for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has been established by his family and friends. It will be made available to any Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) student or alumni who wishes to pursue an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or Paramedic Certification. 

Michael graduated from LCHS (1993) and immediately began his career as an EMT. It was while working as an EMT that Michael developed a passion for health care and emergency medical services. This passion motivated him to pursue his paramedic certification. While he was a student, he was surrounded by great faculty who fostered his love of learning and recognized his potential. 

In Michael’s own words from a note that was recently found, “I am so grateful I attended Paramedic school. It was the best thing I have ever done. In addition to learning a skill I can always use, I grew as a person. I learned discipline, planning, gained self-confidence and assertiveness and I am very proud and love what I do.”

Michael’s work as a paramedic inspired him to go on and pursue many additional degrees; including several Master’s degrees. Michael’s professional signature – Michael P. McMahon, CRNP, MSN, RN, CEN, PHRN, EMT-P was impressive, but the last intials were the key to his success. He went on to become an educator and always encouraged others to achieve their dreams. 

We lost Michael to colon cancer on October 1, 2021. Before he left us, he completed his studies for his Nurse Practioner degree. He was an extraordinary human being who made a huge difference. He loved what he did and along the way encouraged others to challenge themselves and actualize their potential.

If your EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic Certification is something you have thought about, or are considering, we encourage you to complete the attached Michael P. McMahon Scholarship Application.

Michael didn’t have a lot of years, but it’s the dash between your birth and death that matters. Make it count! 


Scholarship Objective

The Scholarship Committee wishes to recognize those pursuing a rewarding opportunity in service to the community as an Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Paramedic. This scholarship has been developed to encourage individuals to pursue opportunities to grow their personal skills in an extraordinarily necessary and rewarding career providing critical support to the community. 



The Committee is offering several scholarships in 2023 covering tuition up to $7,500.00 for an EMT program, Advanced EMT Program, or Paramedic Program. 



  • Applicant must be a current student or a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. 
  • Applicant must confirm acceptance into an approved EMT or Paramedic program before the scholarship award will be released to the program of the applicant’s choice. 


Selection Process

  • Selections are made annually and will be determined by the Scholarship Committee based upon an impartial review of the applications. 
  • The application process is between January 1, 2023, and March 15, 2023.
  • Applicants selected for the Scholarship will be notified by Friday, May 19, 2023.


Directions for Preparing the Scholarship Application

  1. Prepare your application early so that all parts of the application can be submitted as a single attachment to an email sent on or before the March 15, 2023 deadline. The Scholarship Committee will not consider incomplete or late applications. Please take the time to make sure you have all the required documents before submitting your Application Packet.  
  2. Please scan the application and all parts of the application into in a single .pdf file. Please include your scanned application file as a single attachment to your application email.
  3. Email the completed application and scanned application file to [email protected].  

Note!  If you do not have access to email, you can mail your completed Application Packet to the address below by the March 10, 2023 deadline:

Michael P. McMahon Scholarship

110 East King Street



Michael P. McMahon Scholarship


Personal Information


First Name:




Last Name:



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Zip Code:






LCHS Graduation Year:




Please answer the following questions:



Tell us about yourself.



Who has been a role model for you and why?



Name a personal achievement you are proud of.



Describe a time you have overcome adversity.



What are your plans for next year?



What are your career goals?



What about emergency services is attractive to you?



Do you have any experience working in the emergency medical field?



Tell us about any community service you may have been involved with, church youth group, etc.  



Please provide the following information below, via attachments.

Explanation of Your Interest (attachment 1)

Please attach an explanation of why you think you are a great candidate for this scholarship. This explanation should not exceed five hundred (500) words.


Letter of Recommendation (attachment 2)

Please provide a letter of recommendation to the Scholarship Committee. The letter should be prepared by a reputable adult who has sufficient interactions with you to provide reliable support. Letters cannot be from relatives. Recommendation letters must be current and dated no earlier than six (6) months before the date of submission.