Scholarships for Graduating Douglas County Seniors

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our commitment to the education of the youth of Douglas County; Sheriff David A. Weaver has established a scholarship fund and will award nine ($500) scholarships.  The Sheriff’s Office considers this an investment in the future and believes that their members are helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society as a whole.  The scholarships are funded through money raised at the 2010 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Shoot-Out at the Sanctuary Golf fundraiser.

Mission of the Sheriff’s Office:

to provide professional SERVICE through EXCELLENCE in our devotion to duty, personal integrity, collaboration, and community partnerships.

To carry out the commitments made to the youth of Douglas County, Sheriff David A. Weaver has established a scholarship fund. The Sheriff’s Office considers this an investment in the future and believes that their members are helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society as a whole. The scholarships are funded through money raised at the 2010 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Shoot-Out at Sanctuary Golf Tournament fundraiser.

The scholarship program is broken down into three separate categories:

  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship: Seven scholarships, each worth $500, will be awarded to graduating seniors from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school.
  • Race-A-Cop Scholarship:  One scholarship, worth $500, will be awarded to a graduating senior from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school. This particular scholarship is only applicable to those students who are going to attend a vocational college/program.
  • Deputy Ron King Memorial Scholarship: One scholarship, worth $500, will be awarded to a graduating senior from any Douglas County public high school, accredited private high school, or a qualifying home school.

In addition to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office scholarships, In 2012, The National Association of Counties recognized Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver with the association’s prestigious 2012 County Courthouse Award for Innovative Governance. Sheriff Weaver was recognized for his dedication to improving the lives of Douglas County residents, including his crucial role in the development and implementation of both the Y.E.S.S. and Text-A-Tip programs. Established in 2001, County Courthouse Awards recognize elected county officials who demonstrate innovative and effective leadership to improve the quality of life of their residents. Each winner received $5,000 in college scholarship funds to present to local students. Sheriff Weaver is extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award and credits his staff for all their hard work and dedication. Sheriff Weaver is proud to be able to distribute four scholarships for $1250 each, through the Y.E.S.S. foundation.

Scholarship/Program Philosophies:

  1. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office:  Those applying for this scholarship should be able to articulate within the application what they have done in regards to making their schools and/or their neighborhoods a safer place to be. This could be through community service projects, school related projects/events, or even things they have done in their personal family life to be a better citizen and set a good example for those around them.
  2. Race-A-Cop Program:  This program is a cooperative effort between teenagers and law enforcement officers designed to strengthen the sometime shaky relation between the traditional community adversaries. It essentially works to promote positive interaction between Cops and Kids through a common interest of cars.  The Race-A-Cop vehicle is used for such events as the High School Drag Series, “Take it to the Track Night at Bandimere Speedway”, car shows, parades, school events and special events. Deputies and high school students do maintenance and modifications to the car. The car is funded through donations from corporate sponsors, citizens and groups within the county. This program also works to show kids the huge responsibilities they have when they get behind the wheel; such as not texting and driving as well as not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs when driving. Those applying for this scholarship must demonstrate their dedication to responsible driving; participate in an educational program relating to the effects of drugs or alcohol; be a mentor to other students, or volunteer within their communities.
  3. Deputy Ron King Memorial Scholarship:  Ron King was a long-term Douglas County deputy sheriff who had a special interest in the issues that affect the youth of our community.  He served as an instructor for the DARE and Gang Resistance Education and Training programs in our schools, and he was a driving force in developing and raising funds for many youth-related programs. Deputy King lost his life in the line of duty on May 21, 1999. Those applying for this scholarship must be able articulate in the application what they have done to contribute to youth issues in our county.

Eligibility

Any permanent resident of Douglas county, Colorado, who is graduating from any Douglas County high school, accredited private high school, or qualified home school in the Spring of 2014 and is applying or accepted to a vocational training program or institution of higher learning as a full time or part time student for the fall of 2014.

Applicants considered for these scholarships should have participated in events/ programs/ projects that demonstrate what was detailed in the above program philosophies. This could be through speaking events, mentoring projects, volunteering in the community, etc.

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the school(s) or institution(s) of learning indicated in the application. The award may be paid for attendance at accredited schools or institutions. There shall no be no restrictions as to the course of study or training pursued. The only exception is for the Race-A-Cop scholarship as it only applies to those attending a vocational college/program. No restrictions shall be placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, color, age, sex or national origin.  Recipients must successfully attend and complete the course work during the year of the awarded scholarship.

Terms

Award will be paid directly to the school or institution of learning upon receipt or acceptance and registration.

Selection

Send the completed application to:
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office/Scholarship Program
Attn: Sergeant Ron Hanavan
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Applications will be reviewed by a committee selected by the Sheriff.

Applications

Applications may be obtained through the school counselor, the Sheriff’s Office, or on www.dcsheriff.net

Applications must include the following attachments:

  • Personal letter setting forth the reasons for the scholarship applications and plans for the future.
  • Latest transcript (can be a copy); this must contain school name, courses and grades.
  • Two letters of personal reference (one letter should be a letter of recommendation from principal, counselor, or law enforcement official).

Application Filing Deadline
All applications must be filed with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office no later than March 28, 2014.

Announcement of Awards
The award winners will be notified by the first week of May, 2014. The Sheriff will present the awards to the recipients at a ceremony to be determined during National Law Enforcement Week, in May 2014.

Additional Questions

All questions regarding the Scholarship Program should be directed to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ron Hanavan, 303.814.7089.

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

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