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

Make a donation to AZtroopers Charities!

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.

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 AZtroopers Charities!

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.

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.

  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
  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 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 2017 Scholarship Award Winners
Macy Maine

Macy Maine

Northern Arizona University

My name is Macy Ann Maine and I am a recent graduate of Buena High School, and a proud recipient of The Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship. I am very thankful for this honor and owe many thanks to them and my family. They have both greatly contributed to my life by giving me the opportunity to reach my goals. I hope to show my gratitude to both of them through hard work and dedication.

Community service is an activity that I have always enjoyed. Through various clubs at Buena I have been able to serve my community on many different levels. If it was not for these activities I would not have become the person I am today. Through community service I have witnessed firsthand what it is like to truly impact a person’s life. Every year at Christmas time my family volunteers with the Association and hands out teddy bears to the children in the Tucson hospitals. Seeing the children’s faces light up when Santa walks into the room is a moment I will never forget. I cannot thank the Association enough for allowing me this opportunity. I have my parents to thank for my love of volunteering. If it was not for them having me help with different events when I was younger I would not have grown to love community service so much.

Being the daughter of a police officer has inspired me the most. For all but one year of my life my dad has been assigned to the narcotics unit. Knowing my dad is going out every day and is working his hardest to stop drug trafficking makes me very proud of him. But what is really inspired me the most is that no matter what is said about law enforcement my dad does his job with pride and class. My dad does not let any rude or untrue words discourage him from having a career that he loves. In the future I plan on being like my father by never letting any negative comments lead me away from what I enjoy doing.

Thanks to my father, and his fellow officers who help others, I am inspired to also pursue a career path that helps me to impact the lives of others every day. In the fall I will attend Northern Arizona University where I will major in Political Science, in order to work in local, state, or federal government. My junior year I was fortunate enough to attend an event hosted by the City of Sierra Vista. It was at that event where I was able to talk with people who worked for the City Government. They all talked about how they help everyone in their community daily, it was that day I decided I wanted to work in government. I know the path to my degree will not be easy but the journey will definitely be worth it. With the support of my family and the Association I can accomplish all of my goals and so much more. I as start to embark on my path of life I will never forget where I came from and what motivated me to get where I am. It is easy let the little moments you have with your family slip away. I hope that the lessons I learned growing up will enable me to not only make good decisions in my life, but help others as well.

Aki Buckmister

Aki Buckmister

Dixie State University

My name is Aki Buckmister and I will be attending Dixie State University in the fall. I was born in Mesa, AZ and raised mostly in Maricopa. I have had many great friends and people that have influenced me and how I want to contribute to this society. I have played volleyball since 5th grade, and have learned many valuable lessons on hard work, endurance, team work, patience, and perseverance. I know that time management and self-discipline that I’ve learned through volleyball will help me in my college career.

At Dixie State, I am majoring in Psychology and plan on using this to become a trauma counselor. I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have gotten to be successful in accomplishing my goal. Operation Underground Railroad (an organization that saves victims of sex trafficking) has had a huge impact on my decision to become a trauma counselor. I have always loved helping people, but being able to help victims recover from traumatic experiences is something I know I can cherish forever. I can’t thank the Arizona Highway Patrol Association enough for this scholarship and all it will provide for me!

Beau Bullard

Beau Bullard

Northern Arizona University

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, I will be attending Northern Arizona University. During my years at college, I will be pursuing a Major in Business as well as a Minor in Financing. While attending college, my goal is to seek out an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigations which will help me become one of the most qualified individuals to become an agent for the FBI. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from NAU, I hope to begin working for the FBI. If my hopes of immediately working for the Federal Government doesn’t come through, I plan on working for a state agency such as Phoenix Police Department until I am eligible to work for the Feds.

Eventually, my career goal is to work for the FBI as a criminal analyst. I would like to thank the Arizona State Troopers Association and the Scholarship Committee for the opportunity to be accepted for this honorable scholarship. I am so very thankful for this award and am prepared to use it to further my academic achievements.

Richard Maine

Richard Maine

University of Arizona

My name is Richard Nicholas Maine and I am beginning my third year at the University of Arizona. Attending college has been an amazing experience for me and is one that I continue to look forward to. I have had many great experiences in college such as working for The University of Arizona Football Team as a student trainer. This has been a unique experience that I would not have received anywhere else. I am extremely grateful to the Arizona State Troopers Association for helping me as I continue my education. This year I hope to continue my success in the Honors program as well as strive to benefit my career.

My father is a Sergeant in DPS and I have always looked up to him and his fellow officers. I always admired the sacrifices they make in order to protect the lives of others. After college I plan to work in federal law enforcement in order to serve others. I have always felt a calling to make a difference in people’s lives. I hope to be able to do this by protecting my fellow man and working to make our country safer. I would like to thank the Arizona State Troopers Association for helping me continue this amazing experience and helping me to get one step closer to my goal.

Joseph McNichols

Joseph McNichols

Huntington University

I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship as my plans for furthering my education continue. I am pursuing a Bachelors in Film and Television from Huntington University located in Peoria, Arizona. I will complete three years in Arizona before transferring to Los Angeles for my last semester. I hope to one day be someone who has made multiple films or videos that impact the community as well as the world. I was able to begin this journey of mine this past spring working with local non-profits and businesses creating short commercials and videos. I also was hired on to work with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners MLB Organizations during Spring Training creating all in-game graphics as well as being a media director within their non-profit. Once again, I cannot express my thanks toward the AZ DPS Troopers for the scholarship as I can put it to tuition and books as I need.
Kylee Simpson

Kylee Simpson

Northern Arizona University

My name is Kylee Simpson, and my parents are Edward and Tina Simpson. I have grown up in a law enforcement family my entire life, and could not be more grateful to have such a wonderful upbringing. This school year, I will be transitioning from Arizona Western College to Northern Arizona University where I will be working towards my Bachelor’s in the Science of Nursing. After working in the field, I would like to obtain my Master’s degree and become a teacher of nursing. I look forward to beginning my career path.
Hazen Allred

Hazen Allred

Aurora University

My educational career goal is to be a Criminal Profiler. I plan to accomplish this goal by attending Aurora University and completing a major in Criminal Justice with a minor in Criminal Psychology.

While pursuing my education, I plan participate in Navy ROTC. Upon completion of my education, I plan to follow in my brothers’ footsteps and join the United States Marine Corps, as a marine I plan to be a Linguist and gain experience working and communicating with people during stressful situations. I will continue my education in Criminology and Psychology and through my university education and Marine Corps experience; I will have the knowledge and skill set to become a Criminal Profiler for a Federal, State or Local Law Enforcement agency. I will work toward my goals with hope and pride. My goals include: 1) Make my parents proud. 2) Learn to support myself. 3) Be successful in school. 4) Get a bachelors in Criminology in four years.

My father is a police officer in my community. The older I get, the more I comprehend the sacrifices officers make, risking their lives on a daily basis to protect others. My father has done it day-in-day-out for thirty-five years. If I were just half the man my father is one day, I will be proud. My father is the reason I selected this major. I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement because; I would be honored to stand up for the badge and what it means. Being a law enforcement officer is a high honor to me. Officers have to be great individuals, because everything they do represents Law Enforcement all around the country. These men and women risk their lives every day to stand up to the bullies of society. Officers of the law are the difference between a great country and a land of lawlessness.

My life goal is to one day become an upstanding law enforcement officer to up hold the Constitution and protect the citizens of our nation. I will achieve my life goal by working to become a better person every day; I will help those in need, I will be a leader in whatever

Courtney McNichols

Courtney McNichols

Northern Arizona University

Courtney McNichols is the daughter of Kevin and Mary McNichols. A 2013 graduate of Sahuarita High School, and a 2017 graduate of Northern Arizona University.  She majored in Exercise Science with minors in Business and Chemistry.  She maintained a 4.0 GPA graduating with Summa Cum Lauda Honors. She was on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence every semester, a Golden Axe Recipient, and Honored as a President’s Prize Recipient for NAU.

Courtney worked game day management for 7 different Division I collegiate sports, was a liaison between Big Sky Officials and Fox Sports employees to ensure the execution of game broadcasts,  and solving conflicts of Big Sky Conference regulations prior to the start of events. (8/2014 – 12/2017) She was an Intern at Northern Arizona University Athletics Strength and Conditioning,  where she worked over 1,000 hours with athletes in the weight room. (10/2013 – 1/2017)

She volunteered in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at the Flagstaff Medical Center. (1/2017-11/2017) She also worked at DeRosa Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapy Technician.  (8/2016- 8/2017)

She has served on the Relay for Life Planning Committee for Northern Arizona University,  conducted research on heat acclimatization in women athlete’s for a FIFA grant project while studying abroad at the University of Hull in England.

Courtney is currently studying for her MCAT exam to enter medical school in the Fall of 2019.

Rachel Fink

Rachel Fink

Arizona State University

My name is Rachel Fink and I spent my first two and a half years of higher education playing college volleyball and taking pre-requisite classes with an emphasis in the medical field. In the Spring of 2016, I graduated from Glendale Community College with an Associate’s in Arts Degree. I then earned an athletic scholarship to play volleyball and continue taking classes at Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma last fall. In the Spring of 2017, I took a semester off of school in order to work full time and raise funds for my education. This fall, I plan to continue my education at Arizona State University with a major in Psychology. Upon graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan to apply for graduate school and eventually begin a career in Occupational Therapy. During my time at GCC, I had the privilege of tutoring my 17-year old neighbor who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a dirt biking accident. My experience with him and his family influenced my decision to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. I saw firsthand how his injury affected his family and their daily lives, and I want to help others return to normal daily activities and self-reliance as quickly as possible. My family has always supported me, encouraging me to put my best foot forward and dedicate myself to accomplishing my goals. Public service runs deep in my family, and I want to continue that tradition. The scholarship funds provided by the ASTA will allow me to continue to focus on my goals and give back to my community.
Alexandria Preston

Alexandria Preston

Brigham Young University

At the age of three, I had committed myself to a profession of high-demand in which I would “tame wild horses”. The plan was simple; all I had to do was grow up, improve my lasso technique, and go where the wild things are. Fifteen years later, my equestrian passions were replaced by compound fractions and I traded my lasso for literature. Now, at the age of eighteen, my occupational aspirations have shifted from that of youthful dreams.

I will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this fall and majoring in Physical Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. With this degree, I will pursue a job helping others in addiction-recovery programs through proactive life-style changes to help better their health and promote happiness. I consider my admittance into this institution one of my greatest accomplishments and earnestly anticipate all that awaits me in the Beehive State. Nonetheless, my heart will always reside in Arizona where I have been so blessed to enjoy a lifetime of sunny memories.

I am so very thankful for every happy moment forged in my beautiful desert and for the abundance of amazing opportunities I have had to grow. I am proud to be the daughter—and grand-daughter—of two Arizona State Troopers, current Captain Brian Preston and retired Sergeant M. J. “Jeff” Mitchell, and deeply appreciate the example they have been to me of hard-work, bravery, and selflessness. When I was younger, I asked my dad, “Why don’t you have a cool job? Like one where you wear a suit and carry a brief case?” I had no idea that wearing the uniform and carrying justice was the coolest job anyone could ever have.

I express my utmost gratitude for the honor of wearing the title of Skip Fink Memorial scholarship recipient and carrying his legacy of courage and compassion with me. I will stand tall, proud to know that I now represent three of our heroic brothers in blue. I offer my sincerest admiration to the Arizona State Trooper Association and all those work with within it. Though many might not notice your sacrifices, your strength did not go unseen by a blue-eyed three-year-old, waiting for her bullet-proof dad to come home. It continues to never go amiss by that same blue-eyed girl, and it will forever remain that way. You have given so very much and I hope that I can give even just a portion back through my love and loyalty. You are my heroes—please never trade the badge for a briefcase.

Rebecca Fields

Rebecca Fields

Arizona State University

I was born in Mesa, Arizona in December of 1997. I have always lived here in Arizona, and have enjoyed the plentiful sunshine. Throughout my childhood I enjoyed playing with dolls, and even got my brother to join me sometimes. I also spent a lot of time with my cousins playing board games and swimming during the summer. In elementary school, I found myself trying out various sports such as soccer, cheerleading, and even took part in a jump rope club. I would say the most interesting thing I ever did in my elementary school career was participate in a baton twirling club, where I learned a lot of cool tricks and routines. As far as I’m concerned, I had a great time in elementary school.

Junior high was an enjoyable time in my life, although I was very scared to enter that phase. This was where I met my best friend, Sydney, in my computer class. We are still friends to this day, and I am so thankful that we decided to be friends on the first day of seventh grade. Other than that, junior high was memorable because of all the interesting classes I took. My favorites were culinary and woodshop. I had some of the coolest teachers in those two years, and I am glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed junior high.
High school was the next big chapter of my life. The four years went by extremely fast, but I had the most amazing times in high school. I joined the national honor society when I was a freshman, which opened me up to many community service opportunities. I volunteered in a multitude of events from blood drives to food banks, and many more. Another big aspect for me was swimming. I joined my high school team my sophomore year, and made varsity the next two years. My junior year was the best; I was able to participate at multiple invitational meets as well as state. I learned a lot about myself during my years of swimming and am very grateful for all the memories that came out of it. As far as academics go, I challenged myself tremendously in high school. I took mainly took AP and honors classes, and am pleased that I did so because I was able to push myself to be the best I could be. I also had some amazing teachers that made my experience that much better.

I have been out of high school for a year now, and have been extremely busy in that time. I attended Northern Arizona University in the fall, where I was accepted into the honors program and awarded a place on the Dean’s List for my academic achievements. I realized after that semester however, that was not the right atmosphere for me. I came back home and worked full time in the spring, and got everything situated to transfer to Arizona State University. I am currently enrolled in summer courses at Chandler Gilbert Community College and still working 40 hours a week. It is a very busy schedule but it will all be worth it in the end. I am excited to continue my schooling at ASU in the fall, where I will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I have enjoyed this past year as I have grown as an individual and had a lot of new experiences. I am looking forward to what the future holds.

Make a donation to AZtroopers Charities!

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.

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!

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