Vocational Scholarship

Editor’s note: The following email was sent to the Reserve Corps by the LAPRF on August 2.

We are pleased to announce that a $2,000 vocational scholarship donated by Jeff and Heather Nocket and Todd and Cheryl Moore* will be offered to LAPD reserve officers’ children or grandchildren through the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation.

The scholarship will be awarded to the first applicant who is chosen to receive the scholarship through the selection process.

As per Nocket and Moore:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 7 million jobs available across the country, but the majority don’t require a four-year college degree.
  • We don’t want to diminish the linkage of good careers to certain traditional four-year college degrees, but rather, highlight the need for skilled labor in today’s job market and the cost–benefit trade-off that vocational and trade school
  • With student loan debt as the second-highest consumer debt category in the United States, we want to promote the growing movement toward trade schools and apprenticeship programs that provide a shorter and more attainable option for obtaining a good-paying career.
  • Eligibility requirements will include being a high school senior, high school graduate or having a GED equivalent, and planning to attend a trade or vocational school leading to a viable career path.

If you would like to join this initiative as a donor, email msellars@laprf.org.

How to Apply

Email the following to msellars@laprf.org:

  • Subject heading: Vocational Scholarship Application (last name) 
  • Contact info: Scholar name, address, phone number and email address
  • Date of birth
  • Vocational occupation
  • Name of vocational/trade school applicant has been accepted to attend
  • Short essay question: Why have you chosen this trade and apprenticeship program? What are your career goals?

Attach the following to the email:

  • High school transcript
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Copy of vocational school acceptance

*Scholarship award funds will be sent directly to the student’s school.