Rapidly advancing technologies promise to revolutionize our 9-1-1 system, creating an urgent need for 9-1-1 professionals to be equipped with greater knowledge and enhanced skills. Unfortunately, most 9-1-1 centers simply do not have the resources necessary to meet this need.

Each year, Friends of 9-1-1 has awarded five people the Telecommunicator Continuing Education Scholarship to obtain the knowledge and training they need to serve the public better. Our goal is to increase that number tenfold in the next year.

This is where you come in. We are trying to raise $50,000 – enough to provide dozens of scholarships for 9-1-1 professionals who want to meet the challenges of the future head-on and provide the public with the best 9-1-1 service possible.

Will you help us reach that goal? We can only get there together. 

The training I received taught me great new techniques and introduced me to many amazing 9-1-1 professionals. I’ll always be grateful for the experience afforded me through my Friends of 9-1-1 scholarship.
— Alexis Bone, Shawnee County Kansas Sheriff's Office, and 2015 scholarship recipient

If we all contribute $10 or more, we will hit our target! We appreciate any gift and truly believe no amount is too small. It is only through your support that we can make a difference. Your generosity will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have made vital training opportunities available to members of our 9-1-1 community who wouldn’t otherwise have them.

Thank you for considering us this holiday season. We wish you a healthy and happy new year!



The campaign that invites you to say "thanks" to the unsung heroes of public safety: America's 9-1-1.


Run for 9-1-1

Our annual charity 5K run to benefit the Friends of 9-1-1. See our 3rd Annual Run for 9-1-1 in Indianapolis, IN.


Friends of 9-1-1
Telecommunicator Continuing Education Scholarship


NENA's Friends of 9-1-1 program provides five (5) Telecommunicator Continuing Education Scholarships per year, although we are raising funds to provide more scholarships. Recipients of these scholarships receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the next NENA Annual Conference & Expo, offering dozens of educational opportunities on a variety of hot topics;
  • Complimentary registration for a one-day pre-conference course at the NENA Annual Conference; and
  • A $500 travel stipend.

To be eligible, candidates must be a telecommunicator, call-taker, or dispatcher with at least one (1) year of experience and good standing with your current employer. Supervisory and other managerial personnel are not eligible. The application window for 2017 scholarships will open in March; applications will be due in April; and winners will be notified in May. Watch this website for more information