Los Angeles Fire Department Scholarship Fund

Merit Scholar Award
Additional Prizes
Instructions to Merit Scholar Applicants
Instructions for Individuals Providing Recommendation
Instructions for Individuals Providing Organizational Leadership Verification

 

 

 

MERIT SCHOLAR AWARD

 
The LAFD Scholarship Fund was established and is funded by The Jean Perkins Foundation, a private non-profit institution that has among its charitable interests aiding individuals that protect and serve the community as first responders.
 
To that end, the LAFD Scholarship Fund annually selects Merit Scholars from among applicants that are a) dependent children or step-children of active or fallen LAFD sworn employees who have completed probation and b) high school seniors or college freshmen who will be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited four-year college or university in the upcoming academic year.  The Merit Scholar awards are cash grants of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year while the student continues to be enrolled and making normal progress toward a college degree).  Runners-up receive one-time grants of $2,500.  (For further information on this year’s competition, go to the departmental website www.lafd.org/scholarship or contact June Andrade at the LAFD Scholarship Fund by phone at (213) 435-6095 or by email at june.andrade@lacity.org.)   
 
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit.  The single most important factor is academic achievement, but the all-civilian Selection Committee also considers other relevant criteria, including personal character and extracurricular accomplishments. The Los Angeles Fire Department has no role in the selection of Merit Scholars.
 
The Selection Committee expects to meet in April in order to identify this year’s finalists.  These applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview to take place during April or May on a date determined by the committee.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider their availability for such an interview in the Los Angeles area during this timeframe before applying for a merit scholarship.  The winners will be selected and announced shortly following those interviews.

 

 

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

 

Best Essay Competition. All Merit Scholar applicants are required to complete an essay as a part of their Application. In the past, these essays have provided the Selection Committee with critical insight into the lives and ambitions of the applicants and have aided immeasurably in the committee’s efforts to identify the most qualified applicants. In recognition of the time and effort the applicants dedicate to preparing the essays, the Selection Committee has established an additional award for the “Best Essay” of $2,500 funded by The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. The winner need not be selected as a Merit Scholar to win the Best Essay Competition, but must submit a completed Application Form to be eligible.

Fujikawa Leadership Award. The LAFD Scholarship Fund has established an additional award of $2,500 in memory of Ron Fujikawa, a founding board member, to be determined based on Applicants’ essays describing their personal leadership experiences. As for the Leadership Competition, the winner need not be selected as a Merit Scholar to win the Fujikawa Leadership Award, but must submit a completed Application Form to be eligible. The leadership essay competition is optional for Merit Scholar Applicants, however, and submission of this essay is NOT a required segment of the Application Form.  

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO MERIT SCHOLAR APPLICANTS

 
  1. Application. All applicants are required to complete Pages 1 through 6 of the Merit Scholar Application Form. Please type your information clearly.
    1. Page 1 requires you to provide some basic information about you and the colleges to which you have applied and your eligibility as a Merit Scholar Applicant. Specifically, you and a parent are required to sign a statement that attests to the accuracy of the information you have provided in your Application and to your intention to enroll in a full-time accredited college program in the upcoming school year.
    2. Page 2 asks you to list all the Scholarships, Grants, Honors and Awards you have received.
    3. Page 3 asks you to indicate the various extracurricular activities in which you have been involved and requires the contact information for the individuals who have supervised your participation in these activities.
    4. Pages 4 and 5 require that you write an essay and respond to a few questions about you and your personal opinions. This section of the application is your opportunity to elaborate on some of your experiences and accomplishments, but, more importantly, to describe to the committee which factors you feel have been critical to your motivation and success.
    5. Page 6 requires you to submit your standardized test score results as well as the names of the individuals that you have asked to supply your letters of recommendation.
    6. Pages 7 and 8 are an OPTIONAL segment of the Merit Scholar Application and describe background for the Fujikawa Leadership Award and the rules of a leadership essay contest.  If you wish to participate in this competition, you are required to write an essay describing a personal experience that highlights your leadership capabilities and to have a supervisor, who observed you in this capacity complete, sign and submit a Verification Form along with your essay.
       
  2. School Transcript. Arrange for an official high school transcript to be sent to the address below in Section 5.  Applicants who have already enrolled in college should also provide a current college transcript.
     
  3. Two Recommendations. The people you ask to write recommendations on your behalf should know you well.  At least one must be a teacher or counselor, and neither may be a relative.  Give each individual who has agreed to write a recommendation for you a copy of the “INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING RECOMMENDATION” along with a copy of the “RECOMMENDATION FORM” and a stamped envelope addressed to the location below in Section 5.
     
  4. Leadership Essay and Verification Form. If you decide to compete for the Fujikawa Leadership Award and have completed your leadership essay, forward it (along with a copy of the “INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP VERIFICATION” contained in this Application Form and a stamped envelope addressed to the location below in Section 5) to an individual who can verify your participation in this activity (for example, a teacher, a coach, a work supervisor or a community organizer). This individual may be one of the individuals who has provided a letter of recommendation for you, but may not be a parent.
     
  5. Mailing Address. The application, transcript, recommendation letters and verification form all should be emailed to june.andrade@lacity.org or mailed to:

    Ms. June Andrade
    c/o The LAFD Scholarship Fund
    1700 Stadium Way, Suite 101
    Los Angeles, California 90012
     
  6. Submission Deadline. The deadline for submitting all materials relating to your Application is March 31.

    YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE SELECTION COMMITTEE UNLESS ALL REQUIRED ELEMENTS OF YOUR APPLICATION HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY MARCH 31.
     
  7. Notification. In April, applicants will be informed of the result of the Selection Committee’s deliberations.  Finalists will be asked to schedule an interview with the committee to take place during April or May on a date determined by the committee.
     
  8. Selection. Shortly following the completion of these interviews, Merit Scholars and runners-up will be announced.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING RECOMMENDATIONS

 
The LAFD Scholarship Fund annually selects Merit Scholars from among applicants that are a) dependent children or step-children of active or fallen LAFD sworn employees who have completed probation and b) high school seniors or college freshmen who will be enrolled as full- time students in an accredited four-year college or university in the upcoming academic year starting next fall. The Merit Scholar awards are cash grants of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year while the student continues to be enrolled and making normal progress toward a four-year college degree). Runners-up receive one-time grants of $2,500. (For further information on this year’s competition, go to the departmental website www.lafd.org/scholarship.)
 
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. The single most important factor is academic achievement, but the all-civilian Selection Committee also considers other relevant criteria, including personal character and extracurricular accomplishments. To assist in the difficult task of choosing winners, the Selection Committee requires each Applicant to obtain two recommendations – at least one from a teacher or counselor, but neither from a relative.
 
You have been identified by an Applicant as being willing to provide one such recommendation. The recommendation form has two parts. The first is a ranking grid in which you are asked to evaluate certain skills of the Applicant in relation to other high school seniors and college freshmen you have known. Where you have ranked the Applicant in categories at the highest level, you must provide specific examples or justification for the ranking. In the second part of the recommendation, which should be in the form of a letter to the Selection Committee, you should as a minimum (a) indicate how long and in what capacity you have known the applicant and (b) highlight ways in which the Applicant has distinguished himself or herself among peers. We are most interested in specific examples of commendable behavior (e.g., respect for others, honesty, integrity, personal accountability) demonstrated by the Applicant and observed personally by you. All communications with the Selection Committee will be kept confidential. The Board of the LAFD Scholarship Fund understands the time and effort associated with preparing a recommendation of this sort and thanks you for your participation and assistance in our evaluation process.
 
If you have any problems or questions please feel free to contact June Andrade at the LAFD Scholarship Fund by phone at (213) 435-6095 or by email at june.andrade@lacity.org. Signed Recommendations should be sent directly to Ms. Andrade by email, by fax at (213) 485-8478 or by regular mail to:
 
Ms. June Andrade
c/o The LAFD Scholarship Fund 
1700 Stadium Way, Suite 101 
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
APPLICATIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE UNLESS ALL ELEMENTS OF AN APPLICATION, INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS, HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY MARCH 31. THE SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL NOT REVIEW INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS.
 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP VERIFICATION

 
The LAFD Scholarship Fund established the Fujikawa Leadership Award, a cash grant of $2,500, in memory of one of its founding board members, Ron Fujikawa. (See background below.) The award winner will be selected based on the Selection Committee’s subjective assessment of the observed and potential leadership capabilities described by an Applicant in a “Leadership Essay”. Applicants must also arrange for a supervisor who observed them in that capacity to submit a “Leadership Verification Form”. It is recommended that an Applicant have dedicated a significant amount of time (60-80 Hours) in a mentoring/leadership capacity in order to be considered seriously for this award.
 
You have been identified as a supervisor, who observed an Applicant’s leadership experience in the context of a specific activity. Please verify the Applicant’s level of involvement and describe briefly the relevant contributions and impact of the Applicant. In particular, please comment on how you feel the Applicant sought to “mentor, develop and inspire those around” him or her “without the desire or need for personal recognition”.
 
If you have any problems or questions please feel free to contact June Andrade at the LAFD Scholarship Fund by phone at (213) 435-6095 or by email at june.andrade@lacity.org. Signed Verification Forms should be sent directly to Ms. Andrade by email, by fax at (213) 485-8478 or by regular mail to the address below:
 
Ms. June Andrade
c/o The LAFD Scholarship Fund 
1700 Stadium Way, Suite 101 
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

 

 

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF VERIFICATION IS MARCH 31

 
Background on the Fujikawa Leadership Award. During his all too short sixty-four years, Ron Fujikawa made an indelible impression on his many friends, colleagues and acquaintances. In school, he was a hard-working successful student. In athletics, he was a versatile and accomplished baseball and football player often serving as captain of his various teams. As a lawyer, he took on the field of professional sports with no less enthusiasm and vigor. Additionally, he became an energetic supporter of non-profit organizations, including serving as a founding board member of the Los Angeles Fire Department Scholarship Fund. Ron never just “participated”, however, but sought to motivate, develop and inspire those around him. In short, he was a true leader! At the heart of his leadership style was a remarkably unselfish spirit and a passionate willingness to help his classmates, teammates or associates achieve all that they could. Most notably, however, he did so without the desire or need for personal recognition. Ron’s impact on the lives of all those he worked and played with was positive, profound and truly incalculable.
 
In establishing the Fujikawa Leadership Award, the Board of the LAFD Scholarship Fund wants to recognize individuals like Ron, who have dedicated themselves to the service and development of those around them without the need or intent of achieving public recognition – in other words, individuals whose achievements can be measured best through the successes of those they led.

 

 

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