Welcome to the Governor's Hurricane Conference® Student Program Portal

The GHC Student Portal is Closed. Thank you to all that applied. Selected students will be notified in late February.

The GHC will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and Hilton West Palm Beach Hotel May 7-12, 2023.

For more information regarding the GHC, visit our Website at www.flghc.org or follow us on the social media accounts linked here.

The ideal candidate for the GHC Student Program is a student (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate (no earlier than December 2022) looking to enter the field of Emergency Management. The GHC Student Program facilitates networking with professionals at all levels and sectors of Emergency Management, encourages participants to explore areas of interest within EM, provides professional development in the form of resume workshops and conversations with other young professionals, and fosters new mentor relationships. For these reasons, the GHC Student Program is looking for applicants who are committed to beginning their professional development and are not yet employed in the field of Emergency Management.

Please read the following criteria carefully prior to beginning the application process.

Degree or certificate seeking students currently enrolled in a public or private institution of higher education, at the graduate or undergraduate level, who have taken or are taking emergency management related courses as part of their academic program, are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2023 GHC. While a student’s major or minor concentration of study need not be "emergency management" specifically, they should demonstrate that their field of study has a direct impact to overall emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and/or mitigation.

The Student Program will fund attendance to the 2023 GHC. The Student Program does not cover all expenses related to conference attendance. Specific funding will be based on GHC resources available and the number of applicants who qualify. A student’s educational institution may have funds to support extraneous expenses such as meals not included in the conference registration fee, parking, gas, and other expenses. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to contact their institution and student organizations on campus, or seek other resources to determine if supporting funds may be available to augment conference travel expenses. We suggest you begin that process immediately.

Students who are full-time employees within emergency management or related fields and receive employer benefits are not eligible. Students who are Florida "residents for tuition purposes" (as defined per sec. 1009.21, F.S.) or attend a Florida Institution will be given priority, however, out-of-state or online students will also be considered. The total number of students from any single institution may be limited based upon total funding availability.

Required elements of the application include: listing of emergency management related academic courses taken or currently taking, including credit hours for each course; listing of emergency management training sessions completed or currently taking, including number of CEUs or contact hours each (worksheet provided and completion required; if the worksheet is not correctly submitted, the student will receive Zero (0) points for this section); current resume which will be graded on community service/extracurricular activities, related professional background, and academic achievement; a 250-750 word essay about your professional plans in relation to emergency management, commitment to Florida, and content (word count will be checked; essays that are too short or too long will receive zero (0) points for this section), and a letter of recommendation from an EM professor/instructor, intern/volunteer advisor etc. demonstrating your suitability for the program. You may want to begin compiling this information prior to starting your application.

If you have concerns regarding the dates of the GHC conflicting with your curriculum, our Educational Outreach Committee Members are willing to communicate with the faculty at your institution to help resolve any such issues. If you need assistance, contact GHCStudentProgram@gmail.com.

The application deadline is February 8, 2023 at 5:00pm (eastern). Late submissions will not be considered. We recommend submitting your application early to avoid any errors. Notifications of recipients will be made in late February.



1.  Create an account

2.  Log in using your new account information

3.  Select 'Edit Application' in the top menu

Once you have created an account and started an application, you can come back and add additional information.  

When your application is complete, you must save it, then submit it - these are two separate steps.  Once you submit your application, you cannot make changes.  

Applications not submitted by the deadline of February 8, 2023 at 5:00pm (eastern) will not be considered.