Melissa Brutus was skeptical when she received an email from HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, about a full-ride scholarship opportunity for black students to become a first responder as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or police officer.

Submitting an application was “the best decision I have ever taken,” said Brutus, who recently graduated from HACC’s emergency medical technician program. She earned her EMT credential by receiving HACC’s Social Justice Scholarship and graduated with no debt.

Robert Stakem is executive director of the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.

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