The Thomas T. Wheatley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at Berks County Community Foundation in 2006. It was initially established at Exeter Ambulance Association in 2004, following the death of Thomas Wheatley. Tom made his mark on many lives by the countless contributions he made to the community. As a teenager, he became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and after college was a scoutmaster for several years. He made a difference in the community by becoming an EMT and then a paramedic. Tom was a paramedic for more than 22 years and was head paramedic for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association. Tom was an active member for more than 18 years, vice president, and board member of the Exeter Ambulance Association. He was a believer in education and founder of the Exeter Ambulance Community Training Center. He was regional facilitator and affiliate faculty member of the American Heart Association. Tom passed away on February 12, 2004. In his honor, the training center was renamed the Thomas T. Wheatley Community Training Center, and the memorial fund was established.
In July 2014, Christine Hegeman Wheatley, Thomas’ widow, passed away. At the time of Christine’s death, the family requested that the name of the “Thomas T. Wheatley Memorial Scholarship Fund” be changed to the “Thomas T. and Christine Hegeman Wheatley Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
The fund will provide annual scholarships to benefit one or more Berks County residents who will be pursuing an education in one of the following medical fields: EMT, Paramedics, Phlebotomy or Nursing. High school seniors as well as adult students may apply. Preference will be given to current EMTs going into Paramedics, or individuals going into EMT or Paramedics. Preference will also be given to individuals who have an affiliation with the Emergency Health System in the Exeter, PA area, i.e. Exeter, Lower Alsace, Reiffton and Stonersville ambulance associations. Applicants must have volunteered for at least 30 hours of service in the field in which they are selecting to further their education or in any other medical field. Current or recently graduated high school or college students must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in high school or college to apply for this scholarship.
To be considered for this scholarship, apply between January 1st and March 15th. All applicants will be notified in May.
To apply, click on “Apply for a Scholarship” under the “Scholarships + Grants” section of the website menu.