Two Questa students earn EMT scholarships


Two Questa students who make a long-haul trip to Roswell to study emergency services have received scholarships from the parents of an emergency medical technician killed in the line of duty.

Raynelle Sanchez-Cordova, 35, and MaryAnn Ferguson, 45, both commute from Questa to take classes at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Both work for the Questa Fire Department in Taos County. The county pays for their gas expenses to attend classes.

Without a local program in their rural community, Sanchez-Cordova and Ferguson say traveling to Roswell is a good option for them to continue their training to become paramedics. "We are very thankful that we were both able to receive this scholarship and it's so nice to meet the donors helping our communities," said Ferguson.

The two were among three emergency medical services students to receive scholarships in the 2017 fall semester from the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund. Sanchez-Cordova, Ferguson and Stacee Ramirez met with Lovato's parents, Lawrence and Rosie Lovato, on campus recently to thank the couple. The scholarships will cover the students' tuition, fees and the purchase of books for the semester.

"This memorial scholarship helps those students without any other resources. These girls may save a life someday," said Rosie Lovato, who is also a graduate of ENMU-Roswell and ENMU. The Lovatos recently celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

On March 16, 2002, Steve Lovato was killed while on duty working for American Medical Response responding to an explosion, according to information from ENMU-Roswell. Lovato, 30, had worked for AMR since 1998. He had planned to become a paramedic. Lovato was known for his passion for emergency medicine and his unselfish desire to help others.

Shortly after Lovato's death, the scholarship fund was established to honor his life and legacy. The fund provides scholarships to deserving students interested in becoming EMTs/paramedics and is administered by the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation. The family encourages donations to the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship fund. Tax-deductible contributions can be made payable to: The Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Craig Collins (foundation coordinator), ENMU-Roswell Foundation, P.O. Box 6000, Roswell, NM 88202.