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The Dr D. “Martin” Hedstrom III Memorial Scholarship
for Awesome People Who Want to Make the World a Better Place
Introduction: Dr Martin Hedstrom was an ocean rescue lifeguard in Jacksonville Beach, Florida before completing medical school in the Dominican Republic. He was a charter member of Lifeguards Without Borders and was dedicated to community service and drowning prevention. More importantly, he was an adventurous, outgoing, all-around awesome guy that was a close friend and brother to us all. He was a best friend to everyone he met, and gave everyone of us stories upon stories to tell of our travels, rescues, and adventures. He was a family man and had 3 children with his wonderful wife. Unfortunately, while his wife was pregnant with their third child, Martin’s life was cut short when he died unexpectedly while undergoing cardiac surgery.
Purpose: To honor the legacy of Dr Martin Hedstrom by seeking out and supporting like-minded individuals who share the values and sense of adventure Martin lived by in their pursuit of higher education in the fields of emergency medicine and/or drowning prevention.
Description: Martin took what he learned on the beach with him into his medical career, determined to attack the drowning problem from multiple angles. Reducing the global burden of fatal and non-fatal drowning requires more than just lifeguards. We need engineers, doctors, lawyers, prehospital personnel, community organizers, behavior experts, and big picture people all working together. In Martin’s honor, Lifeguards Without Borders is offering two scholarships to individuals committed to taking a fresh approach and using their unique skill sets to reduce the burden of drowning locally and globally. Scholarship funds are unrestricted and can be used towards all associated educational or living expenses.
We’re awarding a $500 prize to an applicant enrolled in an undergraduate or technical degree program at an accredited institution or with an accredited provider in a field that is likely to contribute to reducing the burden of drowning. This includes, but is not limited to, healthcare administration, biomedical engineering, nursing, technical rescue courses, EMT, or Paramedic certification.