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Martin Agueret Scholarship

The Martin A. Agueret Scholarship is a fund established by a long time Palo Alto Police Department volunteer who had an interest in the future of law enforcement in the city of Palo Alto.

Sadly, Mr. Agueret passed away on December 27th, 2010; just a few days after his 90th birthday.  Mr. Agueret kindheartedly volunteered more than 8,500 hours of service to the City of Palo Alto.  Knowing and having portrayed throughout his life the importance of civil service, Mr. Agueret generously donated $50,000 to the Palo Alto Police Department to establish a scholarship program for students who are interested in entering the law enforcement profession.     

The Police Department annually offers a scholarship in the amount of $3,000 to a graduating senior student from Gunn or Palo Alto High Schools who will be attending a California accredited college during the following school year.  Also eligible are students attending College of San Mateo, Foothill, De Anza, Evergreen, National Hispanic University or San Jose State.  Students must be majoring in criminal justice or a related field (political science, criminology, law, probation, public administration) and a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required.  Preference is given to students who live in the city of Palo Alto.  

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Applications may be obtained from the school scholarship coordinator at your school, or from the Palo Alto Police Department Personnel & Training Division.

The application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation; one of which should be from a teacher or counselor.  The applicant must submit a 300 word essay explaining why he/she is seeking a career in one of the above specified fields.  A high school transcript and (if applicable) a college transcript must also be submitted.  All required items must be submitted to the Palo Alto Police Department on or before 4:00pm on Monday, April 29th, 2013.  

Applications will be screened by the Palo Alto Police Department.  A selection will be made on the basis of need, exhibited interest, character, qualifications, and academic ability.  The selection will be announced by May 3, 2013. 

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Last Updated: April 9, 2013