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

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.


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



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 2019 Scholarship Award Winners

Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Northwest Christian University

The Fine Arts Department has pushed me far out of my comfort zone. It has presented challenges that in turn developed my confidence.

My name is Andrew Webb. I am currently a freshman at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. I signed in January of 2018, on an academic, golf, and fine arts scholarship. As of now, I am currently pursuing a degree in Business Management. I was born and raised in Surprise Arizona, by my parents, Wayde and Nickie Webb. My mother, Nickie, works as an Administrative Assistant for Northwest Christian High School, where I graduated.  My father, Wayde, has been with DPS for over twenty years, and currently is serving as the Lieutenant Colonel of the Highway Patrol. Lastly, my younger sister, Irelyn, is in her sophomore year and competing on varsity tennis at Northwest Christian High School.

After attending college, I plan to use my business degree to potentially pursue a career in coaching. As a freshman in high school, I dreamed of playing college golf. I was fairly new to the game, having only played since the seventh grade. Through the help of my mentors, coaches, family, and scholarships offered by the Arizona State Troopers Association (ASTA), my dream of competing in college athletics became a reality. I’ve been inspired by my coaches and mentors and view their accomplishments with great respect. Seeing how they help others succeed has sparked an interest in me to help others achieve success. Therefore, using the knowledge I gain at NCU, I aspire to one day run a business teaching and developing golfers, with an emphasis on developing athletes who will display leadership values, along with developing maturity in the game.

The opportunity provided to me by the ASTA in awarding me a scholarship last year, allowed me to stretch myself in several different ways. Academically, I am being exposed to a higher level of education. Due to pursuing a business degree, I am being exposed to basic accounting principles, economic structure, and entrepreneurial ideas and mentalities. As for golf, I’m learning to be a more intense competitor. Golf is a game that teaches many traits valuable to leading a successful life. Examples of these traits would be patience, resiliency, and mental toughness.  Finally, as I minor in Christian Worship, I’ve been enrolled in Fine Arts programs which have developed my ability to express emotions that have empowered me to lead and inspire others. Being in the choir and playing lead guitar for the worship band during NCU chapel services, I am developing more confidence in preforming in front of others with an open heart. The Fine Arts Department has pushed me far out of my comfort zone. It has presented challenges that in turn developed my confidence.

Due to my ability to go beyond my comfort zone and pursue challenges, I have grown myself as a leader and a competitor. David Goggin’s said, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I attended NCU not knowing anyone and having no familiarity with the Pacific Northwest.  I left my home in Arizona and moved to a state that is foreign to me.  Oregon has presented challenging weather, not ideal for golfing, but these challenges have developed my game to a higher-level. Along with this, I stretched my abilities by joining the choir and participating in concerts, performing in the band, and soon will be part of a production for an upcoming play. Finally, I am pursuing higher education to develop my mind and learn skills to make myself successful in my career. I believe I am deserving of the ASTA scholarship, because I use new challenges and opportunities to grow. In the past, I have used the scholarships I have received to grow myself and develop into a better leader and competitor, due to the new experiences and places it has allowed me to be taken.  If I’m fortunate to be selected for the scholarship, I will use it to continue to chase a career, which will one day allow me to help develop others into self-sufficient individuals, capable of leading others to reach their successes.

Jessica Martzke

Jessica Martzke

University of Arizona

To Infinity and Beyond

The sky is so far away. Stars appear so delicate yet are the remains of light, held together by its own gravity, forged billions of years ago in a boundless space surrounded by planets and even more unknown. I can hardly wait to help discover more.

In my senior in high school, I took an honors chemistry course with hopes of finding something I might consider studying in college as I had not idea of what I wanted to major in. Although I am not going to be using a lot of chemistry in the degree path I have chosen, I am so glad I took that class. It reintroduced me to my love for stars. Learning about astrochemistry and what stars are made of was a topic I quickly became interested in. I began researching more about plants and space. I was a frequent visitor on NASA’s website; completely invested in the Osiris mission and the Curiosity rover on Mars. I remember watching the Curiosity Rover launch thinking that creating a rocket, a rover, or any space vehicle would be a job where I can help push science forward. Hopefully I can work with NASA and work on spacecraft to explore space: “To infinity and beyond!” Buzz Lightyear.

I understand that completing this degree with not be an easy feat—its rocket science! But I know I can endure. Work hard, play hard. The key to success is determination and hard work. Since the second grade, I have been hard in and outside the classroom. Balancing grades and a competitive gymnastics career, there was no room for mediocrity. Although I stopped gymnastics my freshman year in high school and became a varsity cheerleader, my investment in school did not falter. I graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.381, graduating in the top quarter of my class.

My dad has sacrificed so much to support our family. He missed Christmas mornings, birthday celebrations, and family dinners. I am so proud of my dad and all that he has done for me. The thousands of miles he has driven, and the hours of sleep missed; all to make sure that I can become anything I want to be. I want to show I am that I am grateful for everything he has done for me. With the help of the Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship, I can make him proud.

I hope the Arizona State Troopers Association considers me as a scholarship recipient.

Rachel Diehl

Rachel Diehl

University of Arizona

I learned a lot in my first semester of college. I realized how important it is to listen to myself and pursue what I am interested in, regardless of the pressures I may feel from others because then I’ll find authentic passion in my work.

If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was growing up, I would’ve told you I wanted to be a neuroscientist that does in depth research on neurological disorders. My answer to this question remained the same throughout elementary school, middle school, high school, and the beginning of college. I decided this would be my future career when my dad 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. This disorder is incurable and causes many people enormous amounts of pain; I wanted to be the one to find a cure for it.

Following my plan to become a neuroscientist, I enrolled to the University of Arizona and claimed Neuroscience as my initial major. I was enrolled in the basic first semester science courses such as chemistry. A day before the deadline to add classes, I got an email that said there were open spots for a 1 credit neuroscience class that focused on research, so I quickly signed up. I’m glad I did, because as it turns out, I’m not a fan of research. It involves a lot of mice and rats, working alone, and little positive results, all of which I don’t enjoy. Additionally, the neuroscience topics that I had learned so far were completely uninteresting to me and I wasn’t passionate about them.
Ultimately, I realized about midway through the semester, that neuroscience was not what I wanted to do with my life and I entered a state of panic. It had been my plan for my whole life and I had no backup plan; I was terrified and confused. I also felt ashamed as though I was responsible for letting down sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia, especially my dad; however, I knew if I continued on and made neuroscience my career, I would be miserable. Despite my inner conflict, I knew I had to make a change.

For about a month, I spent time talking to advisors and sitting in on presentations for other majors, and I eventually landed on usiness. I was really interested in everything they showed in their presentation, but I still wanted a career that would help others in some way. I was worried that jobs in business fields didn’t do much to help others. In my mind, the only way to help others was through becoming a neuroscientist or doctor; luckily I discovered that this mindset was far from the truth. There are jobs in all fields that do incredible amounts to help others and I am grateful that college has given me the opportunity to explore this truth and realize that being a neuroscientist is not the best way to use my abilities to succeed in helping others. I am now a Finance major and I hope to one day become a financial counselor or healthcare executive for a hospital. I am involved in the Arizona Consulting Club and the Eller Global Business Association, both of which are clubs with that not only help to prepare me for my future careers, but also involve me in volunteering within the community.

I learned a lot in my first semester of college. I realized how important it is to listen to myself and pursue what I am interested in, regardless of the pressures I may feel from others because then I’ll find authentic passion in my work. I also learned that
life is full of change and it is necessary to keep an open mind and accept what life throws at you. Most importantly, I learned how essential it is to take time to have fun; if you don’t focus on enjoying life and living in the moment, time will pass you by while
you’re busy being stressed and worried. Additionally, I was very lucky to receive scholarships such as the Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship; this gift gave me the opportunity to focus more on school and my happiness and focus less on working a job to keep myself afloat. Because of this, I finished my first semester fulfilled, happy, and with a 4.0 GPA.

I still believe that I do not deserve anything in this world, but can only work hard and be diligent in hopes that I am a good candidate for what it is that I want. I believe I have continued to work hard to be considered a good candidate for this scholarship. I know first hand how much this scholarship can help in college, and I can assure you that if I receive it, I will do all that I can to continue grow as a person and do well in school while pursuing my goals in ways that will make not only myself proud, but those who have generously supported me proud as well.

Ashley Peterson

Ashley Peterson

Mesa Community College


Since I was homeschooled my whole life, I was able to get a jump-start on my education.  I started taking college classes, at my local college, my junior year of high school; since then I have taken six college classes and have held a 4.0 GPA.  I have recently just signed up for four more classes at Mesa Community College.  There I plan to complete my education and finish my prerequisites so I can attend their nursing program to become a Registered Nurse.  I have always had an interest in the medical field and found nursing to fit with my goals in life.  This scholarship will help me so much achieving my goal.  Gaining an education is not only academically challenging it is also financially challenging.  I am exciting to start this new chapter in life and I am grateful for the Arizona State Troopers Association for supporting. 

Carson Beck

Carson Beck

University of Colorado

Over the summer, I was selected to attend a United States Air Force funded flight academy. I was one of 120 cadets selected from 800 Air Force JROTC units.

I have always admired my parents. They are civil servants, my dad a Arizona State Trooper and my mom a school teacher. They taught me important values that I would not get anywhere else about sacrifice and risking yourself for others. Leadership has always been a part of my life, my parents giving me lessons along the way. As I grew up, the values I admired as a child became my own through religion and challenges. I relied on self-sacrifice, service and integrity to get through; always wanting to do the best for God and country. It was through the way I was raised that I knew the military was the career path for me.

Throughout my high school career, I have constantly been serving my community. Through my involvement in JROTC I have been able to participate and organize many community service efforts including highway pickups to food drives. We serve our community through our color guards that we conduct for various organization in our community. I am also a part of my student government where I serve as the Fundraising Executive. In this role I am able to raise money for organizations through scheduling eat out nights, organizing school wide assemblies and class room donations. Our student government sponsored “Wish Week” where we raised over $5,400 for the Make a Wish Foundation. As a part of my schools National Honor Society’s Advisory Board I serve my community in an indirect way. I am responsible for coordinating requests for tutoring and various other volunteer opportunities needed in my community I present the requests to our National Honor Society, so they can help by providing assistance to our community.

I continue to serve my community even outside of school through volunteering my time at my local VFW post. I have assisted the post with landscaping and serving meals. I also serve at my church where I work on the tech team helping run the slides and lights during the weekly high school service. My church is fortunate to have a community outreach center called the Bridge. The Bridge is a place for people to connect with to connect with others in a safe environment; with hopes they will eventually come to church. The Bridge has a rock wall where I also volunteer. I help operate the rock wall, as well as teaching kids how to rock climb and conducting maintenance and improvements on the wall.

I have also earned my Eagle Scout rank, the highest possible rank in Boy Scouts. This accomplishment taught me how to lead other people and use their strengths and improve their weaknesses. My Eagle Scout project was to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I had everyone from Cub Scouts in elementary school to adults supporting my project. It was through managing this project, I was able to hone the skill of managing groups of people properly and to delegate jobs according to ability. I learned the importance of time management and developed stronger leadership skills.

Over the summer, I was selected to attend a United States Air Force funded flight academy. I was one of 120 cadets selected from 800 Air Force JROTC units. This process required a nomination from my senior aerospace science instructor, a physical fitness test, flight systems test, and application. I was fortunate enough to be selected to be sent to one of six participating schools over the summer.

As a part of the flight academy, I was sent to Kansas State University where I lived in the dorms for seven weeks; taking ground school classes and flying. Through this program I was able to earn my private pilot’s license, 17 college credits, 44 flight hours, and graduated with a 4.0. As a result of this program, I was able to spend a large period of time 1,000 miles away from home, as well as get a feel for college life. Not only did I get my first exposure to college, but I excelled; being one of the first to earn their license. This program built a large sense of comradery. We were often found in the lobby helping each other study for upcoming exams or new flight challenges; such as steep turns, cross country flights or landings. The flight academy also taught me how to work with people who are different from myself, to accomplish the mission. Although we were different in our experiences and views, we were able to work together to not only graduate the flight academy, but to build relationships that would last a lifetime. We worked together to study for flights and tests as it was important to each of us that we supported each other to ensure everyone graduated from the program. We were committed to each other as fellow cadets; regardless of our backgrounds.

I had always wanted to be the best in everything that I did, the best student, best cadet, best scout, always setting my sites on the highest accomplishment. I always aim to excel in everything I do; taking Advanced Placement and honors classes, becoming my JROTC Group Commander, getting my pilot’s license and becoming an Eagle Scout. I always strived to challenge myself in any way I could, both mentally and physically, always pushing, always trying to get better to help others. I have studied leadership trying to benefit the organizations I am a part of. It is because of this drive that I want to go to the United States Service Academies. Having spoken to current students and graduates I understand that this is not just an application for a college, but rather an application for a career in the military which starts with four years of training. I know that the training I will receive at these Service Academies will prepare me for a career in the military. If appointed, I plan to retire from the military and want only the best for the people I will eventually lead.

Joseph McNichols

Joseph McNichols

Huntington University

In January 2020, I will be finishing my last semester internship at Contemporary Music Center (CMC)-Nashville.

Growing up, I was blessed with a family who taught me to make the most of my life. I was encouraged to look beyond the exterior of people. Everyone has a story. I was taught to be aware that everyone struggles and to recognize few will know of those struggles. So I ask, “How can I make a positive difference in the lives of others?” Sometimes the deepest journey we go on is the one of discovering ourselves, our passions, and even our failures. I love picking up a camera and capturing the moment. I love to have fun and be creative, but more than all of that I love connecting with people. To inspire, impact, and transform lives… that is my goal. No matter what I do, where my journey takes me, or the road blocks and barriers that lay ahead, I want to make a difference, not just in the community, but in life. I want to leave a lasting positive impact on everyone I come across.

My father, Kevin McNichols, was in law enforcement for 25 years before retiring and volunteering with Impact Teen Drivers. He taught me to be actively involved in my community and the importance of giving back. I am honored the AZ Troopers Association has been a big part of my life. Growing up, I participated in several AZ Troopers events. I took photos at Association events including Tucson and Nogales hospitals during the Christmas Bear distribution, the First Responder Nights at Arizona State University basketball and football games, and the Special Olympics Golf Tournaments. I worked the chutes and helped with set up and tear down at the Johnny Walker Memorial Rodeo. I attended the Capitol Connections hosted by the AZ Troopers. In 2018, I coordinated the use of Huntington University Arizona (HUAZ) for the February Association meeting and a Train the Trainer Impact Teen Drivers class for the AZ Troopers Association.

My mother, Mary, has been a living example demonstrating respect, professionalism, giving your best effort, and fulfilling commitments made. My sister, Courtney, a scholarship  recipient of the Association, has set the standards extremely high as a sibling. She has taught me a work smarter work ethic, as well as how to learn from my failures. I am forever grateful for a family that pushes and drives me to be my very best, and organizations that honor that.

I have been attending HUAZ for 3 years. As a film major, my job is to tell stories, to craft beauty, capture authenticity, and share the words someone may never speak. I have experienced both success and failure during this time. I am continually learning the importance of balance and time management, while seeking rare opportunities. The first couple years of college, I struggled to stay balanced in my school work as I produced student films, managed budgets, did fundraising, hired cast and crews, and oversaw the logistics of filming as well as the post production. During this time, I stumbled and even failed a couple classes that I had to
retake. In the midst of this chaos, I was able to recognize my mistakes, prioritize my priorities, and become balanced at home, work, and school. I believe God has blessed me learning from my struggles, so I could excel at bigger opportunities. After producing a few projects, I gained the self-confidence to maximize my potential and regain the “I can do anything I put my mind
to” attitude, even after failure.

During the summer of 2018, I was given the opportunity to intern with OH Partners, a creative agency. I learned the importance of establishing and promoting a brand so others could identify your product. I have been part of a mentorship with Matthew West, a Christian Recording Artist. In October 2018, I had the privilege to work with the Gospel Music Association at the Dove Awards in Nashville, as well as popular Christian Artists Phil Wickham and ForKingandCountry, in addition to Matthew West. I am currently working on my third film at HUAZ, carrying a full class load, working as the HUAZ Social Media Manager, and starting my
third season working with the City of Peoria and Major League Baseball Teams Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres as a Production Assistant creating game day graphics and videos, as well as running statistics for the two teams.

In January 2020, I will be finishing my last semester internship at Contemporary Music Center (CMC)-Nashville. This program will serve as my HUAZ capstone project. I will complete business surveys, strategic marketing projects, and work in an advanced media market, while learning about the culture of the music business with an industry perspective. I will wrap up the Spring 2020 semester with the planning and managing of a multi-city concert tour for an artist. This capstone prepares creators, businessmen and women, and artist for tours and their careers. I want to tell the unknown stories of others through film, social media, and print to impact others positively.

Thank you for this opportunity to apply for the Arizona State Troopers Association scholarship opportunities.

Zachary Philpot

Zachary Philpot

University of Arizona


Zachary Philpot completed his first year at the University of Arizona where he is majoring in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. Zack is a student in University Honors College and is pre-med. He is a member of the RAMBLERs hiking club and works as a lifeguard at the University of Arizona Recreation Center. This summer Zack is participating in a clinical shadowing opportunity following a pediatrician with North country Healthcare, to help him achieve his goal of becoming a physician.  Zack’s hobbies include running, hiking, fishing, hunting, water skiing, and snow skiing.  He is honored to be awarded an Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship. 

Damaris Castillo

Damaris Castillo

Arizona State University

Once I graduate from Arizona State University, I would like to go back to Yuma, Arizona and teach students the incredible world of literature and writing.

I am the oldest of three daughters of Miguel and Eva Castillo. My dad has been an Arizona State Trooper for the Department of Public Safety for over twenty-eight years assigned to Yuma. My parents have always promoted education to my siblings and me. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in English emphasizing in creative writing and would be completing it in Spring 2020. I want to further my education and obtain a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in English and become an English professor and writer. Once I graduate from Arizona State University, I would like to go back to Yuma, Arizona and teach students the incredible world of literature and writing. I’m a true believer in a quote from Albert Einstein, “The value of a college education is not learning the facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks”. As a writer, I would like to promote another perspective of the Hispanic culture and make the diversity of Hispanic writing more well known. While attending community college, I was taking literature classes and I found to realize that there was none to any novels written by Hispanic writers as part of my assignments. It wasn’t until I was taking an American literature class that I came by The House on Mango Street, and it inspired me to pursue an education in English in creative writing. I want to write my own ideas and create experiences where people can be familiarizing through my experiences and the beauty of my culture.

In the El Diablitio Somerton Tamale Festival, I helped volunteer in selling beverages to support the festival in funding money for future Sun Devils. I oversaw the money in one of the beverages booths. Another experience I oversaw was in promoting David Garcia’s candidacy by giving people stickers and promoting people to support him. I also was passing brochures and shirts promoting ‘Mijente’ movement that supports Latino communities. I volunteered for the HeadCount organization in promoting people to register to vote for the Mid-term elections and for joining their establishment. I oversaw the booth in helping people with registering and answering questions about the association.

Financial assistance is a necessity for many college students, like myself, particularly those planning to have careers that require many years of education beyond the undergraduate level. Many students graduate from college with enormous student loan debt or limit their education in an attempt to control costs. By eliminating financial barriers, this scholarship will make my education and career goals easier to obtain. I will then be able to focus on my studies instead of thinking about how I will repay loans or pay for my tuition. A scholarship can make a big difference in my education. The money from the scholarship helps to allow me to be more selective in how to spend my free time. It will maximize my college experience through service-learning, volunteer opportunities, and internships. By reducing financial concerns, this scholarship can also mean more time for studying and learning, which can lead to better grades and retention of knowledge and increase my chances for continuing on to graduate school.


Macy Maine

Macy Maine

Northern Arizona University

My plan for achieving my goal is not only to go to school and get a degree and to gain real world experience by taking on an internship. 

I want to start by thanking the association for the opportunity to apply for your generous scholarship.  As a past recipient, I know how much of an honor it is to receive one of your scholarships.  I grew up mostly in the Southern Arizona town of Sierra Vista.  Growing up I was involved in cheerleading, choir and numerous clubs in my school and several functions at my church.  When I came to college, I expected to be involved in everything that I could.  Once I arrived and discovered the demands of school and working a part time job, I found being involved difficult.  Community service has always been an important part of my life.  My parents instilled a heart of service in my brother and me when we were very young.  When we were younger, we would help our elderly babysitter with her yardwork.  In high school we had the opportunity to volunteer with the Association by delivering Christmas bears to children in the hospital around Christmas time.  This experience made me realize how much joy there is in serving others.  Seeing the children’s faces light up with excitement when they saw Santa is what the project is all about.  I would like to thank the Arizona State Troopers for this opportunity.

 I am currently a second semester sophomore at Northern Arizona University where I am working toward a degree in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science.  With this degree, I hope to learn the skills that are needed to work in the Public and Community Relations field.  My overall career goal is to be a Public Relations Consultant to a non-profit organization.  As a PR consultant, I will be working with the community, employees, donors, and investors on building healthy and rewarding relationships with the organization.  I will use these relationships to improve the organizations image as a whole.  Overall, I want to help my non-profit organization succeed so it can continue to help the communities that it serves.  The main reason that I want to go into this work is because I have always enjoyed giving back to my community.  I have also been interested in the role that photography and social media plays in society today.  When deciding on a major, I thought that public relations would give me the best mix of those two interests.  Another option I have considered is working for a city to improve their public and community relations.  Therefore, I am minoring in political science to be able to navigate through government work as well.

 My plan for achieving my goal is not only to go to school and get a degree and to gain real world experience by taking on an internship.  An internship will teach valuable professional skills as well as the skills that are needed for my career field.  College internships are essential because of the skills they teach and the relationships you forge.  I am currently applying for PR internships for the fall in Flagstaff.  This education and experience comes at a high cost.  Attending a university is expensive and taking an internship would mean that I would forfeit some hours at my job.

 I believe that I am a good candidate for this scholarship because I am a good student and know the importance of hard work.  I attribute my success at school to my love for learning.  I especially love learning about subjects that interest me.  Because of my love for learning and hard work I have earned a GPA of 3.87 and have made the Dean’s List all three semesters I have been at NAU.  This year has been my favorite year of classes so far because I am taking only classes that pertain to my major.  Secondly, I believe that I am a good candidate for this because I know the importance of hard work.  Between going to school and working a part time job, I know that working hard is something that must happen for me to succeed.  If I do not have and maintain a good work ethic, I will not be able to achieve my goal of becoming a Public Relations Consultant.

 Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this Scholarship. The Arizona State Troopers Association has given me many opportunities that I will forever be grateful for.

Rachel Fink

Rachel Fink



My name is Rachel Fink and I plan to attend a partnership Nursing program through Glendale Community College and Grand Canyon University this Fall. In high school, I earned my Certified Nursing Assistant, and began Nursing pre-requisite courses while playing volleyball during my first couple years of college. I then took some time off to work and save money toward finishing my education. I am excited to now be back in school and to have the opportunity to complete my Nursing degree. Once I graduate, I plan to gain a few years of experience in a hospital setting, and possibly continue my education further to earn a Master’s Degree.

Sydney Plumb

Sydney Plumb

University of Arizona

I received many accolades throughout my school career. While those achievements were well earned, I never felt more accomplished than when I went after my dreams.

My name is Sydney Plumb and I grew up in Holbrook, Arizona. I have lived with livestock my entire life. Horses are by far my favorite. I recently got back into barrel racing and I am slowly moving my way up in the barrel racing world. I will begin my 2019 Fall Semester at the University of Arizona. I plan on majoring in Animal Science. Once I receive my degree in Animal Science, I plan to start my own breeding program with the bloodlines I would like my horses to have. I also plan on continuing my barrel racing career throughout college and hopefully make it to the professional level. During college I plan on working at a job that involves some aspect of the farming/ranching industry. I plan on using the lessons I learn from everyday life to help me fulfill my goals and dreams for the future. I realize that I am a small fish in an enormous pond, but I plan on overcoming that challenge no matter what life throws at me.

My dad has always been an officer ever since I can remember. About 4/5 years ago he became a K-9 handler. The dogs that serve are incredible animals. Not one dog is the same. I have witnessed the work that a K-9 and their handler do, and while sometimes their work is nerve wracking, they always have each others back. The respect each partner has in the relationship makes it seem as though the two have never had a miss step. My hope is that every officer always has a partner watching their back. Thank you to all officers who continue to make this world a better place. To fallen officers, you will always be loved no matter what! Thank you to my dad who always has my back in everything I do! I love you so much!

I received many accolades throughout my school career. While those achievements were well earned, I never felt more accomplished than when I went after my dreams. I would have never accomplished half of what I have with out my family. I hope to make my family proud by getting my degree and fulfilling my life long dream, owning my own horse herd. I hope that everyone always goes after their dreams!

Most importantly, thank you to those who serve everyday! You all are amazing and greatly appreciated.


Sydney Torres

Sydney Torres

Grand Canyon University


Starting in August, I will be attending Grand Canyon University as a student athlete playing Division 1 soccer. While playing soccer, I plan to get my Bachelors in Exercise Science and later my Masters in Physical Therapy. I have many goals ranging from winning the WAC tournament with my team to hopefully opening my own Physical Therapy office for retired Veterans. I have many uncles that have served the military and have I have seen first hand the struggles of them not receiving services after injuries. This would be my way to give back for their great service.

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