Beginning October 3, 2016, qualifying high school seniors will be able to apply for The San Antonio Police Officers’ Association (SAPOA) Blue Cares Scholarship.
Formerly known as the SAPOA Benefit Fund Scholarship, the scholarship was established after the death of San Antonio Police Officer Patricia Calderon, the first female San Antonio Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. On December 27, 1988, Officer Calderon was pursuing a theft suspect on foot through thick brush near Salado Creek around 2 a.m. Due to poor visibility, she fell into the creek and drowned. Calderon was only 26 years old and served five years with the Department.
The SAPOA Blue Cares Scholarship continues to honor all San Antonio Police Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We keep their memory alive by awarding college scholarships to deserving applicants wishing to further their education. Every year, the Blue Cares Scholarship awards a minimum of five recipients. The recipients receive a nonrenewable $1,000 scholarship while the Top Cop recipient receives a nonrenewable $2,000 scholarship. The winners will be announced next March at a check presentation hosted by the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association.
Earlier this year, a total of 15 students were selected as scholarship recipients by the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association and Alexis Forbes was named the 2016 SAPOA Blue Cares Scholarship Top Cop Winner.
All applications must be received or postmarked on or before Friday, March 03, 2017. Failure to meet the criteria, complete checklist and/or meet the deadline will result in an automatic disqualification. No exceptions will be made.