Scholarship Award: $1000
Congratulations to Renee Massingham for receiving this scholarship! Renee is a non-traditional student at Ridgewater College pursuing a career as a paramedic.
Renee lives in Dassel, MN. She graduated from Dassel Cokato High School in 1991 and attended St Cloud State University from 1991-1996 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 1998 she joined the Dassel Fire Department. Renee has always had a passion for Emergency Services and earned her EMT in 1999.
She worked for a few years as an EMT on a local ambulance service before she got married and her children were born. She re-joined the department in 2018 and re-certified as an EMT in 2022.
Renee's passion for helping people in emergency situations has left her wanting to learn more which led her to the paramedic program that she started in August of 2023. She chose Ridgewater College because not only is the location convenient, but also because that's where she earned her EMT certificates both in 1999 and 2022.
Renee is currently employed by CentraCare EMS and plans on transitioning from EMT to paramedic once she completes the program.