Congratulations to AHPA’s 2014 Scholarship Recipients!

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Courtney McNichols – Skip Fink Memorial Scholarship

Crop McNicholsIn previous years I have learned that small gestures of kindness can bring hope to a person and remind them they are not alone through their heartache. I’m Courtney McNichols and I have made it my goal this past year to leave an impact upon others. My aim was, and still is, to show people that the AHPA isn’t an organization built to only serve and protect the citizens of the state; it is an organization that leaves an impact thanks to its committed members. In August of 2014 I will continue pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Kinesiology as a sophomore at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. I hope to attend graduate school in the future to further my education. Being involved in the AHPA’s community service projects, as well as other community service projects, has taught me the importance of giving back my time and I plan to pursue a degree that will allow me to give back to my community. I have learned lessons through community service, which I would not have been able to in any other way. I want to acknowledge how grateful I am for the many opportunities I have had to serve through AHPA.


Rachel Fink

Rachel FinkMy name is Rachel Fink, and I graduated from Sunrise Mountain High School this year. I will be attending Phoenix College for two years and take pre-requisite classes. After graduating from Phoenix College, I will transfer to a university to complete my degree in Nursing. My family has always supported me and encouraged me to put my best foot forward and dedicate myself to accomplish my goals. My dad and both of my older brothers are all either in a public service job or pursuing one. My dad is a DPS Air Rescue Sergeant and paramedic, my oldest brother, Josh, is in graduate school earning a doctorate in Sociology to become a college professor, and my middle brother, Nathaniel, received his bachelor’s degree, served in the Navy and is pursuing a law enforcement career. They have each had a major influence on my work ethic because they have given me examples of how dedication is necessary to reach any goal, and it always worth it in the end.



Lance McLaren

Lance McLaren CroppedBeginning Fall of 2014 I will be starting my educational journey at The University of Arizona while majoring in Physiology. My educational goals include graduating from The University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree and furthering my education by attending Physical Therapy school. I hope to obtain a PhD and open my own practice to serve the members of my community. It is my ultimate professional goal to be a physical therapist that is known for serving his patients in a professional and caring way. I am extremely grateful that I was awarded the AHPA scholarship and cannot wait to use it to further my education in a positive and successful way.



Kaylee Mueller

Kaylee MuellerMy whole life I imagined myself going to college and getting a degree in the medical field. After working in a medical office for the last 4 years, I decided to pursue a major in Biomedical Science. My first couple years at Northern Arizona University went extremely well as I passed all my classes and earned a 3.96 GPA and recognition on the Dean’s List.  I plan on continuing my academic success the next few years and eventually proceed on to graduate school. Ultimately, my goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant and work in an emergency room setting; helping patients recover from illness and injury. Although everyone has dreams and ambitions, it is often rare for them to reach them. Most kids have a dream that sometimes becomes a goal but rarely becomes a reality. I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunities to work towards reaching my goals and fulfilling my dreams. Now, as I head to Flagstaff again in the fall, I will get the rare privilege of actually living out my dream just like my parents had promised if I would simply “dream big and work hard”.


Amanda Oien

Amanda Oien CroppedHello, I’m Amanda! I am currently attending Pima Community College to obtain my Associates Degree before I transfer to the University of Arizona in Spring 2015; majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. I have completed two years at Pima Community College with a 4.0 and being honored in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. To volunteering at AHPA’s Christmas Bear Deliveries, serving the DUI Task Force dinner before the officers go out for a check point, to picking up trash in Tucson neighborhoods, helping with the Erik Hite Memorial, and working booths and raising money for local campaigns and police agencies, volunteering is truly a priceless experience that has helped me grow as a person over the years. Thank you to my family for helping me get to where I am today, and thank you so much to the Arizona Highway Patrol Association for assisting me in my educational future with this scholarship.


Elizabeth Oien

Elizabeth OienMy name is Elizabeth Oien and I am 18 years old. I recently graduated from Sabino High School this past May, and will be attending Pima Community College in the fall, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications or Journalism.  I have volunteered for many organizations, including Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) which is a support organization for the families of fallen officer. In addition, I also attended the AHPA’s Christmas Bear Delivery event in December of 2013. For me, this was a truly humbling experience that I will not forget. Being able to assist the Association at this event was an honor, and seeing the patient’s eyes light up when given the gifts made it even more meaningful.  In closing, I would like to thank not only my family for the continued support, but also the Arizona Highway Patrol Association for their generosity and assistance they have granted me in continuing my academic career and achieving my goals.


Alynna Serino

Alynna SerinoMy name is Alynna Serino.  I was born in Tucson, Arizona.  My parents and I are Arizona Natives.  I have lived in Sahuarita since 1996.  I am 17 years old and recently graduated from Sahuarita High School in May 2014.  I will to be the first to obtain my college degree in my immediate family.  I am excited to start my new adventure at the University of Arizona. My major is Public Health with a minor in Spanish. Upon my graduation from college my goal is to give back to the community. I look forward to my college experience and am thankful for the scholarship I have been awarded. I greatly appreciate Arizona Highway Patrol Association & the Scholarship Committee for selecting me to receive a $2,000 scholarship.



Krystin Simpson

Krysten SimpsonMy name is Kyrstin Simpson. I am currently attending Arizona Western College in Yuma. Going to school here has allowed me to stay active volunteering, which I love. My major is Nursing, and I am ultimately working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. When I become a Nurse, I hope to work in a hospital in the Women and Children’s area and eventually take my skills to the non-profit field. I  I would like to thank the Arizona Highway Patrol Association for the scholarship. I am so grateful for the support I’ve been blessed with through the AHPA. I’m doing my best to achieve the highest grades I can. The support this organization gave me the past two years was incredible and I am overwhelmed by the association’s generosity to be chosen again. I will make sure to follow up with the Association with my progress. Thank you!



Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the scholarships from the golf committee:

*Alyssa Anderson

*Halen Nicole Brown

*Deston F. Coleman, lll

*Rachel LeeAn Fink

*Courtney McNichols


The criterion we use is based on their grade point average, community involvement, and the essay submitted.  Scholarships are funded by the annual AHPA golf tournament.


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