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Tina and Danny Rodriguez Scholarship

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Randell Wittenberg
1 winner$523
Application Deadline
Feb 2, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 1, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Desired Degree:
Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, EMS, 911 Services

Tina and Danny Rodriguez were true citizens of their community, both in their attitude and actions. 

Tina Rodriguez was a dispatcher at our local 911 center while Danny often worked relentlessly to give back to his community. Unfortunately, they both passed away recently and left their 13-year-old son and an entire community who loved and cared for them behind.

To honor their legacy of giving, the Tina and Danny Rodriguez Scholarship exists and will be given to one student in Illinois who is looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, fire safety, EMS, or 911 services. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a student in Illinois. To apply, please write about what getting this scholarship will mean to you, your goals, and how it’ll impact your career in public safety.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Service, Impact
Published April 19, 2021
Essay Topic

What will this scholarship mean to you and your goals? How will it impact your future career in public safety?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Emma Ahlgrim
Western Illinois UniversityPalatine, IL
This scholarship means a lot to me and my goals since I want to be a police officer and help the community. It is truly sad when someone who gives back to their community passes away at a young age. I want to be a police officer to help others and prevent further danger and violence. It is important as police officers to respect dispatchers and recognize their help as well as the help and support officers get from citizens in the community. I want to be able to work as hard as others did for my community and to make society better. Having something to work for creates good motivation to do good. Seeing good people pass away before they can finish helping makes me more motivated to help and reach my goal in law enforcement. There’s many good people in the world but not as many good people who do as much as they can. If someone can help their community by joining a first responders job or by volunteering and offering assistance where needed, they are the best of us. As a teen I look up to people who want to use their lives to make others people’s lives better. These people are what convinced me to choose a career in law enforcement. Any first responders job or job that directly helps the community is essential to keeping people together and strong. I want to keep this legacy going for my generation and future generations to maintain a helpful and connected community for others and make it easy for people to want to help out more in the community. Being an officer, I can be there for people who have lost loved ones and help them and help others work through their own problems. Tina and Danny both seemed to love their community and I want to continue that ideology and help others.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 2, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 1, 2022.

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