The Pasadena Police Officers Association Scholarship Awards Program, initiated in 1989 (with a $2,000 check donated by movie producer Brian Grazer), grew out of a desire to give something back to the community. It was decided to accomplish this by awarding scholarship funds to graduating seniors who desire a college education but need financial assistance to further their educational goals.
The Scholarship Committee established that a minimum of two awards would be given each year. This has since increased to four: two Police Awards (in the amounts of $500 and $1,000) given to dependents of current or retired police officers, and two Community Awards (in the amounts of $500 and $1,000) given to Pasadena high school seniors planning to major in the law enforcement field. This year was the first year that two scholarships totaling $500 each were awarded in memory of Officer Lloyd M. Kirby who passed away in June of 2010. In lieu of flowers, his family requested that donations be made to the PPOA Scholarship Program in his memory. Also, the family has graciously agreed to add to the remaining funds to ensure the granting of future scholarships in his memory.
Since 1989, the P.P.O.A. has assisted 71 graduates by awarding $61,750 in funds. In the past, these awards have been funded by Charity Chili Cook-offs and Charity Runs to Palm Springs. Former Officer Lyle Wilson established an annual endowment of $1,000 in his name from 1991-2003. Currently we have one community sponsor but would welcome any additional financial support of our efforts to assist qualified recipients in meeting their educational goals.
2019 PPOA Scholarship Recipients
Since 1989,the Pasadena Police Officers Association has given away over $60,000 in scholarships to college-bound recent graduates. Scholarships are awarded to those who have distinguished themselves academically, through community service and other extracurricular activities. The PPOA congratulates all of this year's winners for their impressive accomplishments.
We welcome your financial assistance!
Please send to: PO Box 567, Pasadena, CA 91102-567
Dependent Award: Kaitlin Mercado
This award is dedicated to a dependent of a current or retired Pasadena Police Officer.
Community Award: Miguel Avarenga
This award is for a Pasadena student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Kirby Award: Emma Mathews and Alexander Placidon
To memorialize the service of former Pasadena police officer Lloyd Kirby, his family has dedicated this award to students who demonstrate Lloyd Kirby's commitment to the Pasadena community.