AZTroopers Charities... We're always striving to make a difference...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Scholarship Programs
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. Pleas follow all instructions carefully and supply all necessary documents for your application to be successfully submitted to the committee.
- 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*.
- Applicants must be under the age of 24 and at least a high school senior at time of application.
- Selection for scholarship will be made by the Association Scholarship Committee based upon the following criteria:
- Grade point average, must be minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Resume/Community leadership
- Letters of recommendation
- Enrollment as a full-time student as defined by attending college/university
- Is or will be an undergraduate
- The amount of the scholarship will be $1,000 per semester but no more than $2,000 per year.
- Applicants must plan on earning their undergraduate degree within four (4) years.
- Applications must be received no later than March 15 to be accepted for the following school year.
- Scholarship selections will be announced no later than the May Arizona State Troopers Association
- 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.
- 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 Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) 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 AHPA, 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 AHPA 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 AHPA to share this information for the purpose of recruitment or public relations
- I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to keep the AHPA informed of any address or contact information changes
- I understand that all application material becomes the property of the AHPA 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 2018 Scholarship Award Winners
University of Arizona
The best piece of advice I have ever received was, “True success is measured by the lives that you impact”.
I have always felt that this advice has guided me through life. I have devoted countless hours to helping others, and I always tend to put the need of others over my own. As I move forward in life my goals reflect this selfless advice. After college my goal is to serve my fellow man by working in federal law enforcement. I believe that I can make a strong impact by devoting my career to protecting and helping others.
My father is a Sergeant in DPS and I have always looked up to him and his fellow officers. There have been numerous times they have put their lives in harm’s way in order to protect the lives of others. I have always admired the sacrifices they make and their commitment to the people they protect. In my opinion, I believe that it is humbling that despite many people’s negative opinion of police officers, every day they put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of the same people who voice these negative views. Due to this admiration, I feel a strong calling to follow in their footsteps by working in federal law enforcement. In my eyes, the role of any type of police officer is one of the most humbling positions. There is no doubt in my mind that I am proud of the work my father does. I know that I will feel the same sense of pride by continuing down this path that I have laid out.
The biggest motivator for reaching my goals is remembering what attracted me to this career path in the first place. I have always known that I wanted to help people and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. To me it always felt right to give back to others since I have been so fortunate in my life. In the past I have coached youth sports, raised money for various charity organizations, organized toy and canned food drives, and even helped to plan The Relay for Life on our college campus. Out of all of these events my favorite is bringing stuffed bears to children in the hospital with the State Troopers Association. This was a unique opportunity that helped me realize how something as simple as giving a child a bear can impact their entire day. In the future I know that I want to have this same impact in the lives of the community that I serve. The influence that I have in my community will be the standard that I will use to measure my success. If I can devote my life to others, then I know I will be successful.
Moving into my final year in college I can see my career taking shape in front of me. After completion of my psychology degree, I plan on furthering my education with a masters in criminal psychology. My goal is to one day be able to focus on criminal profiling. While completing my education I plan on starting my career in law enforcement so that I can gain experience to further my career development. I know that I will be able to achieve my goals due to my strong work ethic. I am a humble person but the one thing I pride myself in is my hard work and dedication to a task. I know that if I set my mind to something I will not give up until I accomplish my task. Even when something seemed to be too difficult I have been able to overcome it with perseverance and commitment. Even if I fail, I never find myself saying that it was because I did not give it my all.
Northern Arizona University
I am going to be immersed in the culture, language, and politics of a nation with a long history of international importance.
Здравствуйте! What on earth does that mean, you may be asking? It is a formal way of saying ‘Hello’ in Russian. Russian? Yes, Russian. I’ll explain what makes that relevant in a bit. First, though, a little about me. I am the oldest of four children and have three younger sisters. My mom works for the City of Kingman, and my dad works for DPS. I live in Williams, outside of Flagstaff, and attend Northern Arizona University. This is my last semester as a sophomore. I thrive in the quietude of this secluded stretch of our great state, with trees and snow greeting me out each window. I am, like my family, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for which I served a two-year mission after my high-school graduation. I enjoy music and playing guitar, which is to say I am interested in both but not very skilled. When I’m not retuning, I enjoy reading, writing, and studying languages. No, that’s not the explanation for the Russian yet.
In school, I am about halfway done with a bachelor’s degree in international Affairs. In an increasingly globalized world, it is hard to emphasize how important a field it is. Knowing what is going on halfway around the planet has unprecedented impact on our lives today. What does that mean when translated to a practical career? I’ll be honest and say I do not know what career I am aiming for. I have looked at several options ranging from arranging or translating business contracts between international corporations to working on a U.S. Embassy. As of yet, I haven’t chosen where I want to hang my hat. This is in part because I am interested in the study for its own sake and consider it an end in itself, not just a means to an end. The next component comes from what I’ll be doing next year.
As part of my degree, next school year (Fall ’18-Spring ’19) I will be studying abroad at a university in Omsk, Russia. This is the Russian tie-in. Omsk is in the middle of Siberia, near Kazakhstan, about a five-day train ride to the capital. It is about as cold and flat as one can expect of Russia, and probably a few degrees colder. While there, I am going to be immersed in the culture, language, and politics of a nation with a long history of international importance, especially to America. I will experience firsthand a nation that for the better part of a century was a rival to the U.S. and a shaper of the world we live in now. As President Truman’s secretary of commerce, Henry A. Wallace once wrote, “To achieve lasting peace, we must study in detail just how the Russian character was formed…by the geography of the huge Russian
landmass…and by the vitality derived from the rich Russian soil and the strenuous Russian climate.” In this program, I will be doing just that.
Rachel Diehl (Skip Fink Award Winner)
University of Arizona
Helping others has always been a priority in my family, and it is even prominent in the career paths my family members have taken.
My grandfather helped others through his service in the United States Air Force, and later as a Patrol Officer. On top of that, he and my grandmother took in foster kids and constantly went out of their way to help those around them. My mother works as an attorney for Coconino County and my dad, now retired, had served in the United States Army, as a patrol officer, undercover officer, and finally as the Bomb Squad Commander in the SWAT district. I plan to continue this legacy of helping others in my career as well, but in a way far different than that of my parents or grandparents. I intend to go to college to become a neuroscientist, to help people in the form of treating and conducting research to cure neurological disorders.
My interest in neurology began when I was in elementary school, and my father was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face and leads to blasts of excruciating pain whenever the nerve is stimulated. My dad is one of the strongest people I know, and the pain caused by this disorder can render him weak. After years of extreme pain, my dad decided to have surgery for it, but, instead of getting a fixed nerve from the surgery he got spinal meningitis, which nearly killed him, and continued pain from the nerve. Years later, my dad got another surgery to fix the nerve, and it helped a little, but the bursts of pain still come, just less frequently. Trigeminal neuralgia has no cure, only methods of making it more bearable. Ever since I first saw my dad get hit with that burst of pain, and learned that it’s incurable, I knew I wanted to someday find a way to fix it. My desire to help my dad has grown into a desire to help all people with issues like the ones he has faced and is my main drive in becoming a neuroscientist. For now, as I wait to go off to college to study neuroscience, I help others through community service clubs, such as being the secretary of the National Honors Society and president of the Characters Helping Initiate Change through Community Service club (CHICCS), as well as volunteering on my own at the Humane Society.
I was raised to believe that I don’t deserve anything in life, but to put forth the work to make myself a good candidate for whatever I am seeking. I work hard to be successful and I like to challenge myself. I am in the top 1% of my class and have taken numerous Advanced Placement and Honors classes throughout my high school career. I partake and am in leadership positions of the community service clubs in my school as previously mentioned and was the captain of the Flag High Swim Team for the past season. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, and I can assure you I will use it to continue to challenge myself and work to achieve my goals and help others.
Ideas and stories are constantly buzzing in my head and nothing excites me more than to develop these ideas through writing.
My father has been working as a State Trooper for twenty-eight years. In that time, he has worked both on the road and in the office earning the rank of Sergeant. Since I was young, I have seen the dedication and passion he has poured into his work. After seeing this passion and dedication for eighteen years, it comes as no surprise to most people that I aspire to also work in law enforcement, but as a Forensic Anthropologist.
Becoming a Forensic Anthropologist is not a simple task, however. It requires many years of schooling, internships, and research to be qualified for the job. In the fall of 2017, I took my first step to tackle these requirements by enrolling full-time—as an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a concentration in Physical Anthropology—at BIOLA University in La Mirada, California. Last semester, I finished with a 4.0 grade point average, and this semester I am taking ten credits of major specific courses out of the total eighteen credits I am enrolled in. Aside from keeping a rigorous academic schedule while at BIOLA, I have also taken the initiative to volunteer at an active archeological dig-site. This summer I was also offered the opportunity to travel to Indonesia to conduct archeological research in a Tarajin community. However, due to financial restrictions had to turn down the offer and pursue other options for internships. As a result, I have now applied to work as a volunteer at the Maricopa County’s Coroner’s Office to gain experience more closely related to my chosen career.
In the next three years, I plan on graduating from BIOLA with at least three summers worth of work experience under my belt. After graduation, I will be applying for an entry level position in one of Arizona’s law enforcement agencies and will also be applying for graduate school either at the University of Texas or the University of California, Berkley, to continue my education while gaining experience in my desired field. Upon obtaining my Masters in Anthropology, I plan on beginning my doctorate and receiving certification from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, which would enable me to help law enforcement as an official Forensic Anthropologist.
Though the above are my plans and ambitions, I am currently focused on my undergraduate studies and enriching them through extra-circulars. This semester I have become a participant in BIOLA’s Gospel Choir, Anthropology Guild, and intramural soccer, and plan on becoming involved in the “The Chimes”—BIOLA’s student-run newspaper. Other interests I am working to pursue during college include: traveling, playing the piano, writing fictional short stories, and swimming. I am also continuing my involvement in community service by volunteering at local schools, food banks, my church’s nursery, and conferences held at BIOLA University.
These experiences are a constant source of joy in my life, but also remind me of the cost of college. BIOLA University is a private university, and though I have obtained the highest academic scholarship they offer, the cost of attendance is still high. I want nothing more than to become a Forensic Anthropologist, assist law enforcement in their investigations, and most importantly, bring closure and justice to families who have lost loved ones. There is nothing closer to my heart than this, but at times it seems unlikely that I will be able to achieve this goal. The finances required to earn a bachelor’s degree is difficult enough obtain, but this, combined with the years of schooling I will have to complete to receive my master’s and doctorate to become a Forensic Anthropologist is a crushing financial burden that I cannot pay for myself. There is no other hinderance to my education other than the financial strain behind it. My dad, who has been with the Department of Public Safety (D.P.S.) for twenty-eight years, and my mom, an employee of the Litchfield School District, make every sacrifice possible to ease my financial burden. That, along with the money I save from work, will only go so far. As a result, I rely on generous scholarships such as these to provide for my tuition, room and board, and books.
Northwest Christian University
No matter how successful someone is, the most important thing is giving back to the community.
Northern Arizona University
College student with a strong work ethic, self-initiative, and desire for continued personal development.
My name is James Dodd. I am 19 years old and the youngest child. I have 3 older sisters. I graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in May 2017. It feels like it was yesterday. Recently, I completed my first semester as a college student at Northern Arizona University (NAU). My dad, Scott Dodd, retired from the Arizona Department of Public Safety in 2008. My mom, Cheryl, works at the local hospital. She has been there 21 years. My oldest sister, Chelby, graduated from Northern Arizona University with her degree in Elementary Education and is teaching second grade. My sister, Jenna, works for the Casa Grande Justice Courts and my sister, Morgan, lives in Vermont. My family has always enjoyed sports and spending time outdoors. My sisters and I were all active in sports from a young age through high school. Our parents were very supportive in all our activities. Our trips together are not as frequent since we have all graduated and started down our own paths. When we are able to go to the lake, take a brief camping trip, or a hunting trip the time together is valued.
My current interests include spending time outdoors and physical fitness. While playing Varsity football through high school, I wanted to build my strength to be more competitive and reduce the risk of injury. I began eating healthy and learning about different exercises and how these things affected my overall health and goals. I am still passionate about these topics. To succeed in life, goals and a positive frame of mind need to be part of the bigger plan. High school athletics was very competitive and my first desire was to be the Varsity starting quarterback. I had been the starting quarterback for most of my football experience through my freshman year. My freshman team won 7 out of 9 games. It was one of the better seasons the school had. After the tryouts for the Varsity spot, I was not chosen and was named the backup quarterback. I struggled with this at first. I wanted to play football. I started to learn how to become a Defensive end player. I was able to succeed through hard work and determination. I was the starting Defensive end my senior year. When the starting quarterback went out due to an injury, I was asked to step in even though I had not practiced in that position all year. I was nervous but confident. I was the starting quarterback the last two games of my senior year which I am pleased to say we won. The experience taught me to accept things I may not be able to control; however, to always look for other opportunities to be successful and not to give up or become disheartened.
One of my future goals is to serve my country. My plan is to graduate from NAU with a degree in Health Sciences – Fitness Wellness and to be commissioned in the United States Army. After high school I had the opportunity to play football at NAU. I had to make a personal decision between participating in the football program or being a part of the NAU ROTC program. Both programs require complete dedication. I chose the NAU ROTC program. I miss playing football; yet, being part of the NAU ROTC program will help me obtain two of my goals – a college degree and becoming an officer in the military. At this time I do not plan to make a career out of the military; nonetheless, I feel serving my country will help me grow as an individual and to have life experiences I would not have otherwise. I am interested in some type of law enforcement career whether it is at a State or Federal level is still to be decided. I am fortunate to have a number of family members with military and law enforcement experience. They are an excellent source of support for me.
The ROTC program has allowed me to participate in community service. During the fall semester I volunteered in assisting with the readiness and execution of our homecoming parade. I also enjoy participating as a team member and have volunteered to be part of the football push-up crew at our home games. I may not be playing football but I still like being a part of the sport in some manner.
I am learning first-hand how expensive a college education is. I worked all summer and saved money to make certain I would be able to help pay for some of my college expenses. I was fortunate to be awarded a partial academic scholarship. Even with that award my parents have had to help support me with all the other costs associated with college to make sure I can achieve my goals. I have learned a lot my first semester and I feel confident I will continue to succeed. The Arizona State Trooper Association’s scholarship will lessen my parent’s and my financial burden and help me continue towards obtaining my goals.
Arizona State University
Throughout my life, I have been able to volunteer and serve at multiple places while meeting incredible people along the way.
All throughout my life I have been interested in building and fixing things. My name is Parker Olszak and I am currently a freshman at Arizona State University, living at Barrett, the Honors College. Throughout the last six to eight months, I have been pursuing mechanical engineering at ASU. At ASU, I would like to earn my masters and go onto work for a successful company in the engineering field such as NASCAR, NASA, or the military. I would like to earn my masters because I would be the first in my family to earn a college degree and making my family proud is something I always strive to do. If I am able to earn my masters degree, I would want to come back and thank my friends, family, teachers, and community for all that they have done. My final goal after college is to start a family. 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 want to offer my own family the same determination, strength, and support that my family gave me because the best I can give would be all for my family.
Throughout my life, I have been able to volunteer and serve at multiple places while
meeting incredible people along the way. I was a servant minister at my church, Central Christian, for just over a year. I take pride in what I do and try to make religion the basis of everything I do because I like to pass my blessings on to others who may not be in the best of situations. From this position, I greeted people at my church and helped set up events for holidays. I also volunteered with a sector of Kiwanis, Key Club, during high school. My classmates and I did things such as help make bags of food to send to the poor in Africa, leading a hot dog stand at our local car shows, and helping set up community events. My other involvement was Link Crew and the National Honor Society. In Link Crew, upperclassmen took on leadership roles and volunteered their time for the purpose of helping out new freshman at my former high school. In National Honor Society, we took our community service to heart because we were the young leaders that our school believed could do great things. In NHS, we helped students across campus as well as held club-wide events which we took part in to serve our community to the fullest. I have been able to learn from the hundreds of hours of volunteering that I could be the last hope for some people and the only thing they believe helping them out.
Being able to have the opportunity to talk to some of the people affected by poverty, violence,
etc., I have gained appreciation and honor because those people allow me to help them to the best of my ability.
Over the last year and a half, I have found that music became a great interest of mine. In
the beginning of freshman year at ASU I joined the Music Industry Club (MIC) and The Underground Foundation (TUF) which each deal with music. Music Industry Club is a club that brings in professionals from their part of the music industry and talks with students about their job and role as a specific professional. This club brought interests to me because I am in a band with other ASU students who are passionate about music. Within this band I play bass guitar and help out in the business and graphic side of it. I attended this club to see if there were things missing within our band or individual music passion that we needed to potentially be successful.
TUF club is also similar to MIC except that the members of TUF are actual musicians like
myself. Many of the members of the club are also in some sort of band and in the club, they try to find places to share their music and styles with other students. TUF club is a club that is meant to encourage students to go to local concerts or listen to local artists all to support these young performers. Another activity I occasionally participate in is helping out at my former high school’s broadcasting group. The group PS4 streams Perry High School sports throughout the year and I come back to help film and edit for them. I enjoy this activity because I have a passion for sports but also like to come back to my high school to see old friends and help out to make the place better. I held many positions in PS4 and proved to the teacher and other students that even if I did not have the skills they had, I could still help out with anything they needed just as I do in the working world as well. All of the activities I participate in display my passions and interests I have and through ASU, I hope to grow as a person and join many more interesting groups.
University of Arizona
I have sought and found opportunities to develop my leadership skills. I have committed myself to exemplary academics.
Winston Churchill said, “All the great things are simple and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” To Winston Churchill’s definition, I would only add service. I believe my commitment to service, honor and determination will ensure my success at the University of Arizona, assist me in my future career as an aeronautical engineer and make me worthy of your scholarship.
My family is no stranger to public and military service, both of my great-grandfathers served in World War II, one in the Army and one in the Navy. My great uncle served in the Navy and landed a craft on a beach at Tarawa. Another great uncle served in the Marine Corp from 1957-1960, then joined the Philadelphia Police Department where he served for twenty-five years before retiring as a lieutenant. Both of my grandfathers served during Vietnam, one in the Army and one in the Marines. After the Marine Corp, my paternal grandfather worked for the Arizona State Troopers for 25 years. My parents are public servants, my mother works for Coconino County and my father followed in his father’s footsteps and is presently in his twenty-fourth year of service as an Arizona State Trooper.
My work as a Flagstaff City lifeguard and my volunteerism in the community have allowed me to serve my community. I have volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff to help children know their value. I volunteer at the Garden Thrift Store so that every person in our community will have clothing. I volunteer with the 100 Club of Arizona to support the families of fallen police officers. It is with honor and integrity that I do my part to contribute to the success of a team. I am proud to contribute to a team as a member of Civil Air Patrol and I regularly attend church and youth group. Last summer, I was honored to attend the FBI Youth Leadership Program and found this learning environment a great fit for my personality and an opportunity to contribute to engaging discussions, further igniting my desire to learn and serve.
I believe anything worth achieving takes determination, dedication and commitment. At age twelve, I summited Mount Whitney in one day, an achievement that requires starting and ending the hike in darkness. Mental toughness and diligence are required in such a setting, but when you push through uncertainty, rely on your preparation, and focus on your goal, you can achieve great things. As a leader on the Flagstaff High School Cross Country Team, I push myself out of my comfort zone each day to not only achieve my personal best, but also inspire my teammates. Our boys team is back-to-back state champions and each member of our team could be a top runner at another high school, but training together makes us stronger and able to achieve greater levels of success. Success achieved through determination, hard work and teamwork will bring about confidence when I am faced with the next challenging opportunity.
I enjoy academic challenges. My grade point average is 3.975 weighted and 3.875 unweighted. My coursework has included seven Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) classes, three Advanced Placement (AP) classes and six Dual Enrollment classes with corresponding college credit at Coconino Community College. I am presently ranked twentieth out of three hundred seventeen students in my senior class. I have been a Flagstaff High School Academic Letterman each year I was eligible: 2015, 2016 and 2017. My ACT score is thirty and my SAT score is 1280. My favorite class is Calculus.
My involvement with the Civil Air Patrol has ignited and engaged my interest in aeronautical engineering. I look forward to studying the theory, technology and practice of flight at the University of Arizona. I am excited to study the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and I am interested in working with aircraft, as well as designing aircraft and propulsion systems. Eventually, I would like to work with Boeing, Raytheon or on a government or military contract. I also plan to obtain my pilot’s license.
Brigham Young University
I come from a family with calloused hands and bleeding hearts, stoic expressions tucked under cowboy brims and bullet-proof vests.
When I was only three years old, I knew the grip of a leather saddle horn, the need for a steel bit over the horse’s tongue, how to tie a knot they could never shake loose. I know, because my family taught me. I come from a family with calloused hands and bleeding hearts, stoic expressions tucked under cowboy brims and bullet-proof vests. I come from a family of good people, who have taught me that hard work works and that you should always give more of yourself than people give to you—to never balance the scales in your favor. I come from a family of educators, mothers, farmers, dentists, soldiers, police officers; from a family of your everyday Clark Kents, heroes that don’t need to take off the white-button downs to be heroic.
My father, Brian Preston, is currently serving as a AZDPS Captain and has been a faithful justice keeper for over 22 years now. He’s a white-button down hero at church, black-boot hero at work, basketball-short hero at home. An ‘All-American boy’ kind of man, a ‘don’t call the mechanic, I can fix this’ kind of man, a ‘I’ll protect you’ kind of man—a good man, an ‘everyday, in any way’ kind of hero. My father is always a good man, but I think his work—your work— makes him into a better man.
When I was sixteen years old, I knew when to use ‘whom’ and when to use ‘who’, that one blood donation can save three lives, and how to fit school, work, service, exercise, church, clubs, and family into a single day. I was running races against my to-do lists then, and I am still racing now. In high school, I graduated in the top 3% of my 400-student class. I was actively involved in many clubs including the National Honors Society, Relay for Life Service Committee, International Thespians Troupe #426, Cultures and Civilizations Club and a handful of others. At this same time, I also held steady employment as both a nanny and a server at Chick-fil-A, in addition to the numerous hours I devoted to my church group and service organizations.
Now, finishing up my second semester at college, I have tried to keep with that rapid pace I established in high school. Brigham Young University has been the hardest and most humbling experience of my lifetime. With an acceptance rate of less than 50% and the average ACT score being a 31, nearly everyone at BYU was in the top 3% of their class. This transition has been a challenging one as I have discovered how to truly and effectively learn course material but it has also been a humbling one as I have been enlightened concerning how I can grow.
My typical day begins at 5:00 in the morning and doesn’t end until 10:30 that night. Every moment of my day is scheduled and when I am not in class or at work, I am in TA review sessions, study groups, tutoring, or doing work for my various service-based organizations. I am Health Science major and I plan to receive a degree from Brigham Young University for my program and then will graduate from University of Utah with a Bachelors in Nursing before pursuing certification to become a Physician’s Assistant. Due to my close involvement with the field of health sciences, I have had the opportunity to participate in a service project known as Anatomy Academy. This program goes to several elementary schools for a period of many months and teaches young children about various health-based topics including the importance of nutrition and exercise, the muscles and bones in the body, the function of various organs, and a variety of other subjects. It is a weekly two-hour commitment that requires a considerable amount of planning but despite my already bursting schedule, this is always one of my top priorities and I do genuinely love the program. While I have become involved with several other service organizations here at BYU including tutoring for writing, American Heritage, and Anatomy, as well as an event coordinator for young college students living in my building, this is by far my absolute favorite extra-curricular. I am still racing my to-do list and while I sometimes can’t run as fast as everyone else here—sometimes I’m not as good at the balancing act—I haven’t stopped trying to learn and I haven’t stopped running.
Now that I am nineteen, I know that vagus nerve ten innervates 70% of the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. I know that John Locke heavily influenced the Declaration of Independence, that children’s bones break at the growth plates, that humanity can be so kind when we try to leave a place—and a person—better than how we found them. I have already learned so much here, but I want so badly to learn more and this scholarship would give me the opportunity to do so. I want to know how to empower women, how to tell if a child’s injury is accident or abuse, how to avoid idleness, how to relieve stress, how to save lives… Mostly I want to learn how far I can go, how big I can grow; what are my limits, and how can I shatter them?
Arizona State University
After I get my degree in Nursing I would like to begin working at a hospital and then go on to work in the NICU, taking care of premature babies.
My career goal is to graduate with my Bachelors in Nursing from Arizona State University. After I get my degree in Nursing I would like to begin working at a hospital and then go on to work in the NICU, taking care of premature babies. I would like to receive this scholarship because it would really help me to pay for my tuition and fees for books.
Both of my parents have graduated with their bachelors degrees and I would love to be able to
follow in their footsteps. My dad received his degree through Arizona State University just as I
am hoping to do.
I have many interests and things that I love to do. From making cakes and painting to
babysitting and organizing school activities. I always find a way to keep busy with everything I
love. I am on my high school’s Executive Student Council as a Spirit Leader. Being the Spirit
Leader I help to plan, participate in, set up, and take down every assembly, dance, and activity
that our school has. This has really helped me to break out of my shell and be more confident as I
have had the opportunity to speak in front of the entire school and lead tours for new students
coming in. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with 3E Snacks. Helping with 3E Snacks
has been a great opportunity in my life as it has really taught me to be grateful for the things that
I have and the life I am able to live. I am able to help shop for, pack, and deliver bags of foods to
the schools who give the bags to kids that do not get fed on the weekends at home. I also work in
the front attendance office of my school which has allowed me the privilege to see how these
bags can affect the kids. I get to call each kid to the office and I love to watch them smile and get
excited as they see what food is in their bag and just beaming because someone out there really
cares for them even though they don’t know them.
One of my favorite things that I am able to do during Student Council is our school’s blood drives. I am able to set up the blood drives every time they come to our school. I help to sign people in and watch them as they donate blood. I have even been able to donate blood myself. The blood drives have helped me in making my career choice as it has given me a glimpse into the medical world and everything it has to offer. I love the feeling of knowing that you are helping to save peoples’ lives. I have also been able to see this kind of work through my
My dad has been an Arizona State Trooper for as long as I can remember. I have been able to see him go to work for years to help better our state and communities. My dad has been a big supporter for me throughout my life and is especially excited to see me follow in his footstep and go to Arizona State University. The rest of my family has also been a great support to me as they have helped and supported me in everything I do. I have two sisters, one older and one younger, and one younger brother. They have helped to give me the experience of taking care of others. This has allowed me to see my love for helping others, and also helped me to choose my career in nursing so that I can continue to help others. Lastly, is my mom, she is a Dental Hygienist. Her having gotten her degree has always been an inspiration to me and shown me how beneficial a higher education can be. She has always been a great example to me, and I would love to be like her and further my education.
Arizona State University
I have learned that sales, leadership, and marketing are some of my good traits as well as some of the things I love doing.
Three years ago I submitted my first application essay to the Arizona Highway Patrol Association. The year was two thousand and fifteen, the same year I graduated high school. Two thousand and eighteen is the year I will be graduating college. Since my first day at Arizona State University I have worked hard to receive the best grades I could. I took extra classes and studied every day so I could graduate a semester early. Even in high school I was taking college level classes. Each year the classes become more difficult; but my effort never lowers. I have always loved school but my love for it is fading. I believe this is a good thing because I am becoming more anxious and excited for my next chapter. Do I know exactly what it will entail? No. But I am ready to begin. I am ready to set goals and work hard at whatever I end up doing.
Although school and attaining good grades are a top priority for me always, I know experience and skills are equally important. During the 2016-2017 school year, I worked for Candeo Elementary School. This was such a good experience for me. I was able to work with a team to create activities to keep kids engaged and happy in the few hours after school before their parents were able to pick them up. Working with kids, I learned to deal with chaos. I only worked with a few adults at a time to handle up to one hundred kids. I was also responsible for the phone, so I learned to deal with angry parents and answer any questions they had. I worked hard at my job and I loved it. I know my managers agreed because they were going to promote me to a manager the following year. Unfortunately, the program was cut. I was upset about this, but I thought positively and took it as an opportunity to focus even harder in school.
I have finally set a major I know is a good choice for me. Business Administration will open many doors for my success. I hope to earn a career in marketing by next year. After my job at Candeo ended, I wanted to do something to earn a little bit of an income. I decided to join a direct sales company called SeneGence. Honestly, the main reason I joined was for fun and because I enjoyed the products we sell. I had no idea I would learn so much from my current job. Not only am I learning about customer service and money management, but I also have to market myself. I love being creative and coming up with my own materials to persuade people to buy from me. Also, I now have a team of fourteen women who I help lead to success as well. I have learned that sales, leadership, and marketing are some of my good traits as well as some of the things I love doing.
Anyone who knows me knows my true passion is animals. My original major was Nonprofit Leadership and Management so I could do something to help out animals. That major taught me many things. It taught me that there are people who care about the world and our problems. But, it also taught me that there is no money in the nonprofit world. Obviously, I mean, it is called “non-profit.” But what I am trying to say is, there is no money there and there needs to be. I know I am capable of so much, I love to work hard and achieve my goals. So, this is why I decided to finally switch my major to business. Business majors open much more doors for opportunity and typically result in more money. I know money isn’t everything but what I want to do with my money is not just buy big houses and fancy cars. I want to make a change. I want to donate my money to small animal shelters. I want to donate my time and open up my home to animals in need. I want to help the helpless. This is my passion and I am so beyond lucky to be able to attend a university, paid for mostly by scholarships that I have earned myself, because I know it is only a step in the right direction to beginning my career and in turn helping out animals. Currently, I foster puppies for a local rescue. I take care of them for a few weeks at a time and meet with people to find them the right homes. I love helping out, but I know there is so much more I can do.
It is a scary thing being about to graduate college, but I am so excited for the animals I am about to save, the experiences I am going to have, and the pride I will hopefully instill in my amazing parents. My parents have given me so much and taught me everything I know, and I want them to not have to worry about paying for my college. I am so thankful for the money Arizona Highway Patrol Association and Arizona State University have given me.
Barrett - Honors College of ASU
The idea that one day I’ll be able to heal patients and improve their quality of life is such a blessing that makes me so excited for the future.
Starting in the Fall of 2018, I will attend Arizona State University on a partial academic scholarship. I will be the third member of my family to attend Arizona State University and pursue a doctorate degree in the science/medical field. After doing an internship at a Physical Therapy Clinic through the sports medicine program at my high school, I fell in love with physical therapy. I knew from the first day of the internship that this is the career path that God wanted me to pursue and I have such an incredible opportunity to study this field in the near future at ASU. I will be attending Barrett, the honors college, at Arizona State this year where I plan on researching and studying the anatomy of the human body and the various modalities and rehabilitation treatments that physical therapy can offer to people with physical disability due to a variety of injuries. Physical therapy is such a rewarding career and just the idea that one day I’ll be able to heal patients and improve their quality of life is such a blessing that makes me so excited for the future.
My father is one of the reasons that I plan on pursuing a career in the medical field. As an Arizona State Trooper and the Chief Paramedic for DPS Air Rescue, my dad has dedicated his entire career to risking his life for the sake of the community and the citizens of Arizona. Every day he kisses his family good bye so he can go out into the community to save and protect the families of Arizona. The courage and compassion my father has shown throughout his years of serving his community have inspired me to take on a career in a field where I can have the ability to serve and care for my community. His service to the community has encouraged me to participate in volunteer work through my church every Sunday and join clubs like the National Honors Society that teaches students the importance of giving back.
I want to thank the Arizona State Troopers Association for their courageous and selfless service to Arizona and the opportunity to help students like me be able to chase my dreams. My dad always taught me that we should never believe we are entitled to greatness, but through dedication and sacrifice, we are able to achieve anything we set our minds too.
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