AZTroopers Charities... We're always striving to make a difference...

OFFICERS HELPING OFFICERS and much more…

AZTroopers donates to many law enforcement related memorials and charities:

  • Memorial & remembrance of fallen DPS Officers (Instrumental in forming the committee & raising funds for the fallen officer monument.)
  • Supports the State and National Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Memorials
  • 100 Club of Arizona

Annual AZTroopers activities include:

  • DPS fallen officers memorial and luncheon in Phoenix
  • Golf tournament & banquet
  • Bass fishing tournament
  • Christmas Bear Program

Giving Back to Arizona

Our association works hard everyday to volunteer with other charities that provide valuable resources to people in need, including Special Olympics, Stop Domestic Abuse, Concerns of Police Survivors and others. Your donations allow us to continue our work and supply funds to our members in the form of scholarships and donations during times of crisis.

Just a few of our best relationships…

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the leading voice in raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Through sports, we showcase the skills and dignity of our athletes. We also bring together communities to see and take part in the transformative power of sports. We know the odds our athletes must overcome and the barriers they face every single day. We see this at training events and competitions as our athletes push to beat their personal bests — and exceed them. Their stories and successes inspire us all. We believe in a world where there are millions of different abilities but not disabilities. And we’re spreading this message everywhere – at big Special Olympics events and small ones.

Stop Domestic Abuse

Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) was incorporated in 1978 as the Adult Protection Council.  It received its IRS 501(c) 3 status designation that same year.  In its first years, the community advocacy services for domestic violence victims operated out of an old closet in the Itasca County courthouse.  The agency operated with the assistance of volunteers and a few paid staff hours.  The agency was reorganized in 1988 and became known as Advocates Against Domestic Abuse. The current name of the agency became official on January 1, 1998.  The new name reflects the agency’s overall work in the community.

Concerns of Police Survivors

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.  C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives.  There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high. C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.  Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 37,000 families.  Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.

NLEOMF

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse.

100 Club of Arizona

The 100 Club supports all city, county, state, federal and tribal public safety agencies, fire services, probation, corrections, parole and law enforcement departments who provide for the safety of the citizens of Arizona. Benefits and support are also extended to officers and firefighters who are called to active duty military while still employed by a qualified public safety agency. As a 501(c)(3), the 100 Club of Arizona is dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. For more than 40 years, the 100 Club has provided assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics, and their families.

Our Christmas Bear Program

 

Make a donation to our Christmas Bears program!

If you would like to help and make a difference for the organizations and causes we support, please take a moment and make a donation today using the button below. Your donation will give joy and much needed funds to those that need it most.
AZTroopers has been bringing Christmas joy to children receiving treatment in various medical centers across the state for over 25 years. The program, started in 1993, was later expanded to provide the stuffed teddy bears to both children and adults at their bedside. The success is attributed to the efforts and talents of volunteers giving countless hours of their time to make the Christmas Bear Program an overwhelming success.

The mission of the program is to carry out an activity that demonstrates children are the association’s most important responsibility. The tremendous joy that is brought to the hospital patients with the bears is only a part of the benefit that results from the program. It also helps AZTroopers establish a communication mechanism to have children better understand that police officers are helpers & protectors. Witnessing the faces of those receiving the teddy bears is all that one needs to know the program is making a positive difference in many lives.

The program has exceeded over 2,150 bears each year that are delivered to patients in over 32 statewide medical centers, domestic violence shelters, hospice and a head-start program on the Hopi Tribal Reservation.

We also host raffles each year to generate funds
we donate to other charities

 
Thank you to the AZTroopers members who put the scholarships together every year and those who contribute.  It might seem like just a check, but it is education and a future to the ones receiving it.” 
Kyrstin Simpson

2014 and 2015 scholarship recipient

“I am very thankful for the support and generosity of the Arizona State Troopers Association. Your scholarship will help further assist my education and put me on the road towards my goals and dreams..” 
Seth Copeland

2015 scholarship recipient

Our main annual raffle allows us to donate thousands of dollars each year to needing charities and help extend the effective reach of our members to other organizations. Even though the Grand Prize is huge, the ticket price is still small – twenty bucks is not bad for an opportunity to win a $25,000, $2,000, $1,500, $1,000 or a $500 cash prize!  We are excited to continue the opportunity to buy five (5) raffle tickets and get TWO (2) FREE!   You can buy this combination of tickets (5+ 2 free) as many times as you desire!

The mission for our annual community fundraiser is to utilize the great reputation of Arizona’s finest at the Department of Public Safety to enhance the well-being of our communities. Since 1993, AZTroopers has granted nearly $1 million to local non-profit organizations and police families because of your participation in the raffle!

The association presented 11 scholarships to the children of members attending Arizona colleges in 2015.  That is three more scholarships awarded over last year because of raffle participation!  Additional scholarships are a needed for our college-bound children, as each year the number of applicants increases.

Money from the raffle is able to provide financial assistance to law enforcement families in need.  It has helped our DPS fallen officer’s survivors, from funeral to travel expenses.  AZTroopers members are able to deliver comfort bears to sick children all over the state of Arizona during the Christmas holidays.  Raffle funds additionally go to Arizona’s 100 Club, Concerns of Police Survivors, Make-A-Wish and other non-profits and causes that have a positive impact on law enforcement and Arizona.

The drawing is held in December each year at the AZTroopers’ meeting.  You do not need to be present to win!

Our Scholarship Programs

 

HELPING BUILD THE ROAD FOR OUR COLLEGE-BOUND KIDS

Does your son or daughter need money for college?

AZTroopers awards THOUSANDS of dollars in scholarships each year!

Simply read through the eligibility requirements on the next tab and you can fill out the application online. You can attach/upload all of the necessary documents with your application.

Once complete you will be notified that your application was received and entered into the application process. Please follow all instructions carefully and supply all necessary documents for your application to be successfully submitted to the committee.

  1. Applicants must be the dependent son or daughter of an active officer, civilian, retired or deceased member of the Arizona State Troopers Association Member must have five (5) years in the Arizona State Troopers Association for dependent to qualify for the scholarship*.
  2. Applicants must be under the age of 24 and at least a high school senior at time of application.
  3. Selection for scholarship will be made by the Association Scholarship Committee based upon the following criteria:
  4. Grade point average, must be minimum of 3.0 GPA
  5. Resume/Community leadership
  6. Letters of recommendation
  7. Enrollment as a full-time student as defined by attending college/university
  8. Is or will be an undergraduate
  9. The amount of the scholarship will be $1,000 per semester but no more than $2,000 per year.
  10. Applicants must plan on earning their undergraduate degree within four (4) years.
  11. Applications must be received no later than March 15 to be accepted for the following school year.
  12. Scholarship selections will be announced no later than the May Arizona State Troopers Association board meeting.
  13. The Arizona State Troopers Association will award a minimum of six (6) scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded for attendance at any accredited college or university in the United States.   Additional scholarships may be provided through the Association or private donations.

* Minimum years waived if member death occurs before 5 years of membership.

Required Attachments: (copies are acceptable – submitted information cannot be returned)

  • Resume, to include but is not limited to:  work history, community service, hobbies & other interests
  • Two (2) signed letters of recommendation from persons other than a relative – must know the applicant for more that 2 years.
  • Applicant’s most recent high school transcript or a copy of their GED
  • Transcripts from all college courses attended
  • Personal essay prepared by the applicant to include but is not limited to information on family, career goal and plan to achieve career goal, interests, community service and why the applicant deserves the Arizona State Troopers Association (AZTroopers) Scholarship.   Essay to be least 300, but not more than 1,000 words.

Acknowledgment and Signature:

  • I certify that the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge
  • I hereby give consent to the AZTroopers, its agents, employees, or designees to verify the contents of this application with any individual, government, educational institution or other entity.
  • I understand that the AZTroopers may request additional information and/or request me to appear for an interview to determine my suitability for an award
  • I agree to share and allow the release and publication of my name, photo and likeness, GPA and application information  when necessary, and give my permission for the AZTroopers to share this information for the purpose of recruitment or public relations
  • I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to keep the AZTroopers informed of any address or contact information changes
  • I understand that all application material becomes the property of the AZTroopers and cannot be returned
  • I certify that I have read this application and I accept all the conditions herein

Would you like to apply for one of our scholarships?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and you’d like to apply for an AZTroopers scholarship award use the button below to start the process.

(The application process runs from January 1st to March 15th each year. Applications are only accepted during this period.)

Our 2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Northwest Christian University


The community environment of our college campus has launched me into roles as a Discipleship Leader, 

My name is Andrew Webb, I was born and raised in Arizona by my parents, Wayde and Nickie Webb. I grew up with a little sister, Irelyn, who is pursuing a career as an aesthetician. I have been blessed to have been supported by my family, as well having been taught certain skills to become successful in whatever path I choose in life. Emotional control, grit, passion, and joy are all skills that have been displayed to me by both of my parents. I have been blessed with the challenge to compete in college athletics at Northwest Christian University (NCU) in Eugene, Oregon where I have been fine tuning these skills for the past two years. College sports meshes you into a society that is more focused, more intense, and more aggressive. Over the last two years, I have been provided opportunities to grow as a leader as well as getting to be immersed with my team in our passion to travel and compete in golf. The community environment of our college campus has launched me into roles as a Discipleship Leader, Orientation Leader for incoming students, Worship Band guitarist, and was recently selected to be a Resident Advisor for the upcoming school year. As the next two years conclude my chapter in higher education and college athletics, I will work towards my career and use this short time to challenge myself and grow stronger to achieve my dream of becoming an elite professional golfer.
God has sent me on a journey in the game of golf, and my college career at NCU. I am blessed to learn and grow in character due to the game of golf. In the last two years, I have become a better athlete, pursuing a degree in business, and met the love of my life. I am thankful that God has put the passion for golf into my life and that I am able to pursue my passion.
I am grateful and appreciative to the Arizona State Troopers Association (AZTROOPERS). My dreams and career are being made possible due to their investment in my future. I have used their investment to the fullest, and I have become a better player, student, and man of God. I will use this scholarship award to continue to invest my time and efforts into my future career as a professional golfer. I would like to say thank you to all members of the ASTA, my heart goes out to all who walk the thin blue line to protect us from the evil that is very present in our world. My dreams are made possible from the sacrifices of many. As I continue this life journey, I will continue to help those around me, and demonstrate love to all people. I have been encouraged and supported by many, and I will reciprocate the love and blessings that have been handed down to me.

Jessica Martzke

Jessica Martzke

University of Arizona


I am humbled and grateful to have been among the chosen to receive this distinction from the Arizona State Troopers Association.

I am a student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. I will be beginning my junior year in the fall 2020 semester pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a double minor in Biochemistry and Criminology. My career aspiration is to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a forensic chemist specializing in forensic toxicology. Outside of school, I work part-time as an office assistant at the University of Arizona, where I create student, staff, faculty, and campus colleague identification cards. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling. I plan to graduate with my degree and minors after the spring 2022 semester.

Rachel Diehl

Rachel Diehl

University of Arizona


My name is Rachel Diehl and I’m from Flagstaff Arizona. I am a junior at the University of Arizona double majoring in Business Economics and Management Information Systems, with a minor in Spanish. In the future, I plan to travel as much as I can and I hope to become a consultant for major business firms across the country.

Adriana DoPadre

Adriana DoPadre

Arizona State University


I grew with my dad who is a retired Arizona State Trooper and now works for the Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement Compliance Division; my mom manages a law firm.

This year I will be attending Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where I will be studying sports journalism. The sports industry is something I have always been passionate about, ever since going to my first college basketball game in elementary school. Since finding my love of sports I knew I wanted to go to college, not sure what I wanted to study at age 10, but I knew I was going to go. My goal is to one day become a sports broadcaster with the dream to work for a company such as ESPN or Fox Sport.

I was able to start school a year early and excelled all throughout. I played basketball, volleyball, and participated in gymnasts all through middle school. When I entered high school, I joined my high school marching band as a member of the color guard, joined film class as well as took part in various actives and clubs within my school. It was a blessing to start gaining industry experience through my schools, film program and marching band, where I held leadership positions; color guard captain, my junior and senior year, Buena Film and Tv treasurer as well as SkillsUSA Arizona Region 6 officer. Activities including recording and directing home sporting events and choir concerts, PSAs for the local Police Department, promotional videos for local companies, even marketing for our 48-hour film festival, are ways my school’s film program helped me gain industry experience, even was granted the ability to try my hand at sports photography. Being able to compete in SkillsUSA Arizona has also helped me with important industry skills, my team and I placed 5th in News Broadcast Production at SkillsUSA Arizona State Championship in 2018, my partner and I place 6th in regionals and 24th in Television Production in 2019. This year my partner and I qualified for SkillsUSA Arizona Digital Cinema Competition after placing 2nd at the Buena Film Festival, but we were unable to compete due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If it were not for my family and friends I would not be who I am or even be where I am without them. I grew with my dad who is a retired Arizona State Trooper and now works for the Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement Compliance Division; my mom manages a law firm. I have two older siblings; my sister is a pediatric nurse in California and my brother, who works at a law firm, and is trying to become a federal law enforcement agent. My family is proud of all I have accomplished and are all just excited as I am to see what the future holds. Thank you so much to the Arizona State Trooper Association for this wonderful opportunity to help me further my education and help me reach my goals!

 

Hannah Ballesteros

Hannah Ballesteros

Scottsdale Community College

 

I plan on attending Scottsdale Community College on a softball scholarship. I will transfer to GCU after my two years at SCC. I am going to get my degree in Biomedical Engineering and pursue a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Thank you for helping me achieve my goals.
Hannah Ballesteros graduated top of her class while taking dual enrollment courses through NPC. This was all done while also being a 3 sport varsity athlete. She participated in numerous community service projects, was an active member in the National Honor Society as well as serving as a Peer Leader. She was also involved in student government.

Hannah was involved in a senior capstone project in which she had to research possible career choices. After participating in a job shadow experience with a prosthesis, she knew without a doubt this was the career for her. The joy she felt being even the smallest part of patient care during that job shadow experience lit a fire in her heart that will not be extinguished.

She will start her journey at Scottsdale Community College where she will also be a part of their softball team. I will transfer to GCU after my two years at SCC. I am going to get my degree in Biomedical Engineering and pursue a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Thank you for helping me achieve chase my dreams.

Macady Mortenson

Macady Mortenson

Arizona State University

 

I am currently a junior at Arizona State University and am pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Organizational Leadership. When I started out college I was in the Nursing Program and then later switched to Interior Design. I was following my different passions and trying to find what I liked to do most, I never imagined that this is the degree I would be pursuing, but I enjoy it a lot. I got a job working for Amazon in Tempe and considered dropping out of school for a while, but decided that getting a degree is a goal that I set for myself and something that I really wanted to achieve. I hope to receive my bachelors degree from ASU just like my dad and continue to work at Amazon. I am so thankful for the Arizona State Troopers Association and my dad for his years of service that have provided me this opportunity to accomplish my goal. 

Due to the current situation and circumstances, I will not be able to take time off to attend the lunch. I am so grateful for the Arizona State Troopers Association and everything that you do. This scholarship means the world to me, and I am so thankful that I am able to receive it, and wish that I was able to attend the lunch. Thank you all for the great service you provide to each and everyone one of us. Police Officers will always hold a spot in my heart and have my support, you all work so hard and I am so thankful for you.

Parker Olszak

Parker Olszak

Arizona State University

 

My name is Parker Olszak and I am currently a senior at Arizona State University and a part of Barrett, the Honors College. From a young age, I played with Legos, which brought my interest level towards engineering. My interest in these toys gave me reason to take higher math and science courses in junior high and high school. I have been pursuing a bachelor’s (BSE) degree in aerospace engineering at ASU and would like to earn a master’s degree to go on to work for a successful company in the defense industry. I am interested in missiles and aircrafts, more specifically the aerodynamics and design of them. My dream job is to work as a test engineer because I enjoy the physical interactions and application of my engineering knowledge to real world tasks. I am a first-generation college student who is trying to complete his bachelor’s degree and eventually, my master’s degree because I want to be the first in my family to earn a college degree, and that is something that would make my family proud. If I am able to earn my master’s degree, I would want to come back and thank my friends, family, teachers, and community for all that they have done. My community is very important to me because it has helped create the person I am today. I like to serve and volunteer in the community whether through my church, organizations, or clubs. After I graduate from college, I would like to donate time and money to the places that have allowed me to help volunteer and show my dearest gratitude for those places. My final goal after college is to start a family. I take school seriously and make it my priority, which is why starting a family would come after graduating. I hope that I can use my degree to earn a job I am passionate about and the money to help support and raise a great family. I would like to offer my own family the same determination, strength, and support that my family gave me because my parents have been amazing role models who have guided me through every aspect of my life, and that’s what I eventually strive to become. I’d like to thank you for selecting me for the Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship, as I accept it with pride and promise to uphold the ideals of the association and be the best that I can be.

 

Jake Ticer

Jake Ticer

Glendale Community College

 

My name is Jake Ticer and I am very proud to have received the opportunity to receive the Arizona troopers Association Scholarship. I just graduated High School from Loveland High School in Loveland Colorado, and am planning to attend Glendale Community College this fall and spring semester in Arizona where I will be Majoring in Wildlife Management and will be playing baseball for the Glendale Gauchos as well.

Carson Beck

Carson Beck

University of Colorado


I am a 2019 graduate of Hamilton High School in Chandler. I have been awarded a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

I am a 2019 graduate of Hamilton High School in Chandler. I have been awarded a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am majoring in political science and am a member of the university’s crew team. After I graduate, I will serve our country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. I will not only protect our country, but also provide humanitarian aid through my military service. After I retire from military service, I hope to continue to give back to my community through serving in elected office.

Macy Maine

Macy Maine

Northern Arizona University


Thanks to my father, and his fellow officers who help others, I am inspired to also pursue a career path that helps me to impact the lives of others every day.

My name is Macy Ann Maine and I currently attend Northern Arizona University (NAU) and am a proud recipient of The Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship. I am very thankful for this honor and owe many thanks to the Association and my family. They have both greatly contributed to my life by giving me the opportunity to reach my goals. I hope to show my gratitude to both of them through hard work and dedication.
Community service is an activity that I have always enjoyed. This year, I participated in an internship with Coconino County in its Public Affair department. This internship showed me how important the work of public servants is and showed me how important it is to communicate effectively with the community. Through this experience, I was able to have a look inside a career path that I have been thinking about since I started at NAU. This internship taught me that working for a local agency is a unique way to give back to the community and taught me that I enjoy writing informative press releases.
Being the daughter of a police officer has inspired me the most. For all but one year of my life my dad has been assigned to the narcotics unit. Knowing my dad is going out every day and is working his hardest to stop drug trafficking makes me very proud of him. But what has really inspired me the most is that no matter what is said about law enforcement my dad does his job with pride and class. My dad does not let any rude or untrue words discourage him from serving his community and having a career that he loves. In the future, I plan on being like my father by never letting any negative comments lead me away from what I enjoy doing.
Thanks to my father, and his fellow officers who help others, I am inspired to also pursue a career path that helps me to impact the lives of others every day. In the fall I will start the final year of courses for my Strategic Communication degree at NAU. My plan after graduation is to work in for a local government in their Public Affairs and Communication department or in the Communication department for a non-profit organization. With the support of my family and the Association, I can accomplish all of my goals and so much more. As I start the final stretch of my college career, I am thinking about everyone who has supported me through this journey and am extremely grateful for their support. I will never forget where I came from and what motivated me to get where I am. I hope that the lessons I learned these past years will enable me to not only make good decisions in my life but enable me to help others as well.

Abigail Swalander

Abigail Swalander

University of Arizona

 

My name is Abigail Swalander and I am going into my Sophomore year at the University of Arizona, where I am studying Biomedical Engineering. I am an Air Force ROTC student, who is working toward my dream of becoming an Officer in the U.S. Air Force. I hope to become a Battle Medic or a Biomedical Clinician to work on improving the lives and health of our Airmen. I have always loved serving my community and I look forward to my service for my country.

Alexandria Preston

Alexandria Preston

University of Arizona

 

I have been so very blessed to never know what it is like to scramble for cover from gunfire, to have heard the last words of a child whose life had barely begun, to wake up every morning with the burden of having seen humanity at its worst.

I’ve had ‘best day ever’ days and ‘last day ever’ days—been on cloud-nine and six-feet under. Sometimes it feels like this body of mine is a dripping reservoir of war-time promises to myself to stay alive and sunken pennies latched onto desperate wishes. To put it unapologetically and without prose: it is not always easy for me to want to be here.

I know that I am not alone in my struggles with mental health. Depression is somehow both one of the most isolating and unifying experiences of human existence. Life as a college student will teach you that. We all may feel like we’re anonymous and inconsequential, but the reality is that we are all watching each other like each stranger is our own reflection.

I see you, and I’m so sorry that it’s taken me this long to say something to you.

For a while, I didn’t really know what I was passionate enough about to make into a career. I had chosen a path based on its familiarity to me and my natural skill-sets but I wouldn’t have claimed to love what I did. I changed up my plans and completely threw myself into courses, clubs, service programs and a lifestyle of advocacy for mental health awareness. Because of my background as the daughter of a faithful law-enforcement member, I wanted to reach out to the communities that may need mental health support the most—specifically police officers, first-responders, and our armed forces. In two years, I will graduate from Brigham Young University with a degree in nursing and plan to then continue onto graduate school and obtain a PhD in psychology. In doing so, I am able to give myself the option of providing medical treatment or psychological counseling for members within those communities.

I have been so very blessed to never know what it is like to scramble for cover from gunfire, to have heard the last words of a child whose life had barely begun, to wake up every morning with the burden of having seen humanity at its worst.

I am grateful for my ignorance.
In many ways, they have made the ultimate sacrifice by taking the suffering of strangers upon themselves. I truly believe that the least I can do to honor their valor and courage is to be willing to hear their stories, even if it hurts. Out of pain blossoms empathy. While I will hopefully never have to take a bullet, I honor them by listening when they share what it was like to take that bullet for me.

Elizabeth Torres

Elizabeth Torres

Northern Arizona University

 

Hi my name is Elizabeth Torres and I will be going into my third year at Northern Arizona University. I chose to pursue a Nursing major because I am passionate about the medical field and I want to contribute to my community by helping people when they are in need. Some professional goals I have are to get accepted into the Nursing program at NAU and to graduate with a BSN. After graduation my goal is to start working at a hospital and to gain as much experience exploring different specialities to further my education in my career.

Kylee Schahn

Kylee Schahn

Grand Canyon University

 

My name is Kylee Schahn and I am currently attending Grand Canyon University and have been accepted into their nursing program with a graduation date of December 2021. I had always thought about what career I would want to pursue in life and up until high school I was set on becoming a veterinarian. As my senior year came around I had decided to enroll in a CNA program at our local community college and once I started working at an assisted living facility is when I knew I wanted to be a nurse and bring medical help to everyone along with the compassion for the patients that goes along with nursing.
I am going to be entering my third year of school this coming fall of 2020 along with starting level two of nursing. Throughout college I have experienced so much and met some of the best people I could imagine along the way. As it would be, some of these friends are pursuing the same career path as me and we were lucky enough to be put in the same cohort and get to go on this journey with me. From hearing their clinical experiences along with stories our professors share with us during class, the area I would like to specialize in would be either neonatal ICU nursing or pediatric oncology nursing. Both are jobs I believe I could make a real difference in helping kids with their health and keeping their spirits up, because kids are not just their sickness and deserve to have healthcare workers who understand that as well.
Although I am invested in my education and career path, I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends with my friends along with having game nights and finding new places. GCU has a lot of opportunities to join clubs and meet new people, one of which is intramural sports. I have met a lot of people through this and enjoy playing intramural soccer and volleyball. Camping is another past time I enjoy doing with my family when I’m home during the summer along with my summer jobs that I work as a CNA to help with experience for my future career. I am excited for what is to come from my education and my college experiences and where it will take me in life.

Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson

Arizona Western College

 

My name is Rachel Richardson and my passion lies within plants. That and the whole earth actually. Life in general has never ceased to astonish me. I suppose that’s why I wish to study it. A journey filled with awe and wonder. A never ending curiosity for the things  obody understands. That is a journey I wish to embark on. My studies will start at Arizona Western College and move steadily towards Northern Arizona University where I will finish with my Bachelors in Evolutionary Biology to hopefully become a brilliant mind aiding the discovery of our planet. This wasn’t always my plan though.

At first I thought I wanted to help people more directly. I thought about becoming a homeopathic nurse and practicing natural medicine. But that urge faded. I thought about marine biology and veterinary school. These were all great choices, but not where my heart resided. And then I realised a pattern. All of these aspirations of  ine had to do with life. The life and understanding of living creatures. Because I knew they were important. They had always been important. Somehow I could feel and see the capacity for greatness in everything. Nothing was just something. There was always more. For example, You and I are not just people. We are mothers and daughters and doctors and teachers. The one thing all of those titles have in common? We did not give them to  ourselves; they are what we are to those around us. So if we all worked to look at the world not as what it was, but what it could be, perhaps we could discover something far greater than what was ever imagined. That is who I am and I believe firmly with every fiber of my being that uniting this wisdom with my passion for empathy will create somebody spectacular. I cannot wait for the days that I will dedicate my time to studying plants and the earth as a specialist capable of saving not only species, but their habitats and environments as well.

Aki Buckmister

Aki Buckmister

Dixie State University

 

First, I would like to thank you and the department for this wonderful opportunity to grow and expand my education. I am so grateful!

 My name is Aki Buckmister. I was born and raised in Arizona. I will resume my schooling at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. I completed a year in 2017-2018 before leaving on an 18 month church mission in Japan. While on my mission, I learned so much about myself, who I want to be, new cultures, how to build relationships, and so much more. I am so grateful for my mission knowing that it taught me skills that I can now use in school and my future life. 

My whole life I have been fascinated with human life. I am amazed by the role of mothers and the connection they have with their children. I am excited to have that for myself. Knowing that I want this subject to be a big part of my life, I have decided to become an ultrasound technician. I will go into sonography to achieve this. 

I hope to serve so many people through this position. Creating connections between mother and child is something that will bring great happiness and joy to me and so many other people. I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to further my education and continue on this road.

Zachary Philpot

Zachary Philpot

University of Arizona

 

Thank you for the Arizona State Trooper Association Scholarship. I am grateful for your continued support of my education.

Although Zachary Philpot just completed his second year at the University of Arizona, he will graduate next May. Zack is majoring in Neuroscience and Biochemistry and is pre-med. On campus, Zack works fifteen hours a week in a research laboratory studying external cue-based navigation in rodents. He enjoys handling the rats and helping to move this important research forward. The lab work is also the topic of his Honors Thesis. Zack is also a member of the RAMBLERs hiking club and works as a Lifeguard Supervisor at the University of Arizona Recreation Center. Last summer, Zack participated in a clinical shadowing opportunity following a pediatrician with NorthCountry Healthcare, to help him achieve his goal of becoming a physician. This summer, in addition to studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) he is continuing clinical shadowing and attending summer school. Zack’s hobbies include running, hiking, and snow skiing. He is honored to be awarded an Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship. Bear Down!

Sydney Plumb

Sydney Plumb

University of Arizona


My goal is to have my own horse breeding program and to be a horse trainer.

My name is Sydney Plumb. I am currently attending the University of Arizona. I am an Animal Science major with an Equine Emphasis. My goal is to have my own horse breeding program and to be a horse trainer. I get to work with young horses as part of my education for my major so I get more hands on experience. These classes allow me to see how other people work/train horses and see if there are things that I want to add to my training program. I currently train horses with my dad.

We usually train about one or two outside horses at a time because that is all we can fit into our schedule. We currently have four yearlings of our own that we are doing groundwork with. We also have an almost two year old that we are getting ready to start under saddle in a little over a month. We currently only have one outside horse. Her name is Pepsi and she is a three year old mare. Before she came to us, we were training a gelding named Zane, and a filly named Boston. I look forward to future horses that come our way! I also barrel race. This year I want to work my two competition horses, Chile & Roman, to be more consistent. Hopefully this will allow me to be more successful than last year! In our first season together, they won me a saddle, Chile placed 5th in the 1D, and Roman placed 3rd in the 3D. Roman finished last season hitting the top of the 2D and the bottom of the 1D. He has already ran multiple 1D times and keeps improving. I am excited about my future endeavors not only with my boys, Chile and Roman, but also with the horses I will train and compete on.

Sydney Torres

Sydney Torres

Grand Canyon University

 

I completed my freshman year like everyone else with a twist due to Covid 19 but I was still able to make Dean’s list both semesters while playing in all 19 soccer games at the Division 1 level at Grand Canyon University. Starting this year in the fall I will be a sophomore. I’m currently on track to graduate a semester early to receive my Bachelors in Exercise Science with and Emphasis in Sports Performance. I then plan to attend a Master’s program where I can work on receiving a degree in Athletic Training. With this degree I will either apply it to opening up my very own Physical Therapy Clinic for retired Veterans or becoming an Athletic Trainer for an athletics team.

Allison Hawkins

Allison Hawkins

Brigham Young University - Idaho

 

My name is Allison Hawkins and I will be attending Brigham Young University Idaho. I will be majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. I plan on furthering my knowledge in American Sign Language, and later, serving a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I plan on exercising my passion for criminal behavior by working with the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI.

Allison Preston

Allison Preston

Brigham Young University - Utah

 

My name is Allison Preston. I grew up in Queen Creek, AZ where I recently graduated from American Leadership Academy. I would like to thank the Association for their generous scholarship. That money will be put to good use as I have decided to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and major in Biology. My ultimate goal is to work in the field of Forensic Science as I feel this is a good way to mesh my personal interests with a job that can also serve to make the world a better place.

Growing up I’ve always been surrounded by people who strive to serve their fellow man. My dad is retired Major Brian Preston. My grandpa is retired Sergeant Jeff Mitchell. The women in my life have all been equally service oriented. I have many people I strive to emulate and I’m very thankful to have this opportunity to attend college, aim high, work hard, and do the best I can to give back.

Aparna Krishnan

Aparna Krishnan

Columbia University

 

My name is Aparna, and I will be majoring in biology at Columbia University on the premedical track. My dad, Krishnan, has worked for the AZ State Department for 13 years as a civilian. As immigrants from India, he and my mom, Sandhya, have always strived to keep my older brother and I in touch with our cultural ties. As a result, they introduced me to Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form, when I was five. My passion for the art quickly took over and has driven me to dance for the last 12 years with Silambam Phoenix. The
discipline I have learned in the studio has carried into all parts of my life.

I have also learned to value a strong education and to use it to make a difference in my community and help others. My love for biology has served as my avenue for doing just that. Seeking biology’s real-world applications, as a freshman and sophomore in high school, I studied biomarkers of heart disease and pediatric brain cancer via bioinformatics. With this newfound interest in medicine, I sought other ways to explore it. I began interning
under Dr. Patrick Pirrotte at the  Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), where I’ve studied phosphorylation patterns in multiple cancers. Interning at TGen has given me a rare glimpse into the future of precision medicine and allowed me to guide 19 other high school students through conducting computational  research. In addition, I led my school’s Red Cross club and volunteered at hospitals which has given me a taste of a career in healthcare as I prepare to embark on my own medical journey.

I am beyond grateful for the Arizona State Troopers Association for instilling values of
community, leadership, and education in my parents which they have passed on to me and my brother. These principles have driven me to seek ways to positively impact my community — whether that’s through a dance performance, research, or a conversation with a patient. I plan to use this scholarship to further my education and take advantage of the numerous cultural and academic opportunities I will encounter in college.

Matthew Galvez

Matthew Galvez

Arizona State University

 

Hi, my name is Matthew Galvez and I recently graduated from Williams Field High School in Gilbert. I will be attending Arizona State University, where I will major in mechanical engineering at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. I hope to use my education to become an engineer where I can develop innovative designs to fit the modern society. I have wanted to be an engineer since I started kindergarten and I love seeing things come together. I would like to thank the Arizona State Troopers Association for giving me this opportunity of pursuing my dreams of becoming an engineer and creating a better world around us.

Throughout high school, I maintained a GPA above a 4.0 and earned several college credits through Chandler-Gilbert Community College as part of my high school’s dual enrollment program. I was involved in many different clubs, from helping incoming freshmen as part of Link Crew, to helping the community as a member of my school’s National Honor Society. I also enjoyed the experience each time I volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and during my high school’s “Stuff the Bus” annual canned food drive.

Along with my involvement in clubs, I also wrestled  for four years and lettered my senior year.  I was able to balance academics at the same time, and was awarded Sports360AZ’s First Team All-Academic for having one of the highest grade point averages as a wrestler in the state.  I am extremely proud to have been a part of my high school’s wrestling team and very honored to have been recognized by Sports360AZ for my academics.

Growing up with a father in the Arizona Department of Public Safety has taught me all the values it takes to be successful. I see him leave to go to work with passion and commitment to help make the world a better place. Despite how dangerous his profession is, he is always willing to help and protect people he doesn’t even know. He serves his community proudly and I have seen how important this is.

Additionally,  my mom’s dedication as a stay-at-home mom has taught me so much. Raising my siblings and me on the importance of giving back and being the best we can be. These values have been my driving force in becoming an engineer. Doing my part through engineering to help people in need and to help make the world a better place.  

When not in school or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  Some of my favorite hobbies include fishing, shooting, and exploring the outdoors.

I again want to thank the Arizona State Troopers Association for this wonderful opportunity and I am excited for what the future holds.

 

Zachary Mitchell

Zachary Mitchell

Arizona State University

 

I will be attending Arizona State University (ASU) this fall. I am enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps (AFROTC) at ASU. I am also a W.P. Carey and Barrett honors college student. I plan to major in Business Entrepreneurship and will graduate college as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. My plans after college are to go through flight school and serve our country as a pilot in the Air Force.”

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