Letter to Sponsors

Applications must be typed and postmarked no later than Monday, April 30, 2012. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete application packets will not be processed.

The Lt. José Santiago Memorial Scholarship was established in the honor Lt. José Santiago, a retired Lieutenant with Santa Clara County Department of Corrections whose introduction to law enforcement was during the Viet Nam War era, when he became a Military Police (MP) officer. An active volunteer in the community, José knew the importance of giving back to his community. He did this often by volunteering as a mentor to youth. José was a true believer in higher education, in retirement he pursued his love of medieval history, and started a master’s program at San Jose State. In addition, José would do anything to convince young people that a higher education was important in order to get ahead in life. For this reason this memorial scholarship was established to help a college bound student(s) fulfill their educational goals.

Scholarship Amount: $15,000.00 in scholarships will be awarded to either current High School students, or current college students already enrolled in a four year college or University from the Lt. José A. Santiago Memorial Foundation Fund. Scholarships can range from $500.00 to $2,500.00. Recipients will be officially awarded the scholarship at the Lt. José A. Santiago Memorial Scholarship fundraiser on June 30, 2012. In addition, the Lt. José A. Santiago Memorial Foundation will also be awarding a scholarship(s) to a military veteran, in honor of José’s service to our country.

In addition, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (DSA) will be sponsoring a scholarship(s) to be awarded on June 30th as well. For the DSA scholarship, applicants must either live in an unincorporated area served by the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff, or be enrolled in the Sheriff Explorer Program and who will attend college with a law enforcement or public safety major, or have an immediate family member who is a dues paying member of the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff, Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

Selection Criteria:

For High School Seniors:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Preference in Public Service
  • Community Service
  • Must be accepted as a full-time college student in an accredited college or University
  • A resident of the Bay Area
  • Consideration is contingent upon U.S. citizenship

For Junior College and Current College students:

Applicants must submit the following documents with application:

Scholarship application (MUST BE TYPED)
High School Students: Two letters of recommendation: one letter from a teacher and/or counselor from academic institution and one letter from a community leader representing the organization at which the applicant has volunteered and an official copy of High School transcript in a sealed envelope.

College Students: One letter of recommendation from a professor or someone who knows you well and can speak to your character and a copy of your college transcript. (unofficial is acceptable)

Selection Process:
All qualified applicants will be scheduled for a selection interview. Candidates should be available for interviews in the month of May 2012. (exact interview date(s) to be determined.)

Candidates will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Academics
  • Interview Performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Community Involvement (High School students only)

Scholarship Recipients must:

  1. Be present at the Lt. José A. Santiago Memorial Scholarship fundraiser on June 30, 2012 to receive the award.
  2. Perform a minimum of twenty hours of community service throughout the 2012/2013 school year.
  3. Provide proof of full-time enrollment at college or university attending for the Fall 2012 semester before check will be disbursed.

The recipients must agree and be available to volunteer for and work with the Lt. José A. Santiago Memorial Foundation.


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