Law enforcement agencies throughout the US often look for ways to honor their fallen brothers and sisters; in Ventura, the police department has chosen to do that by setting up scholarship in his name.
Sgt. Darlon “Dee”Dowell is the only officer to have ever lost his life in the line of duty, they said, and although he lost his life nearly 40 years ago, they have not forgotten his service.
Sources close to the Ventura PD say the scholarship is available to college students who are enrolled in a public service studies program; they also need to live within the city or have graduated from a local high school.
Interested applicants need to have a grade point average of B or better, and maintain that GPA if they are a selected recipient.
Transcripts and a list of their current community activities will also need to be submitted, they said, and each applicant will need to obtain a letter of recommendation from someone who currently works in a public service field. The final step of the application process involves an essay, which can be no more than 1,000 words in length.
A total of four scholarships will be granted out ranging from $500 to $5,000.
The applications must be received by the end of April; interested parties can learn more and/or download the necessary forms from the Ventura Police Officers Association website.
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