October 2, 2019
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, we have selected Danielle Rebensdorf to receive the last of five Scholarships that we have to offer. Danielle is the recipient of the Firefighter/Paramedic Todd A. Diercks Scholarship in the amount of $500.00. Danielle Rebensdorf is 18 years old and lives in Elk Grove, California. In May, she graduated from Elk Grove High School and is currently attending Cosumnes River College. Danielle’s plan is to get an Associates degree then transfer to Sacramento State University to further her education. She wants to major in Psychology and become a therapist or school counselor. With her degree, she wants to assist those dealing with mental illness or trouble in their lives. She wants to show people that there is hope and help for them to fight whatever problems are going on within themselves.
The main reason she has selected this career is because of her uncle, a firefighter and paramedic that died by suicide. After his passing, it really opened her eyes up to mental health and how real it truly is. She wants to make sure others get the help they need and to show them that suicide is not, and should never, be the answer, because it will only pass the pain that they feel, onto others.
Danielle loves and misses her uncle so much and can’t wait to begin her career to help others get through that same struggle that he had to deal with.FBHA and FF/PM Diercks’ family wish Danielle the best of luck and much success in the completing her Associates degree.
Our scholarship program is undergoing changes for 2020. For more information, in 2020, please see the updated Scholarship Program Page on our website at www.ffbha.org.