The Gardena Police Foundation provides two types of Scholarships Annually:
Annual College Scholarship to Graduating High School Seniors
In 2014, the Gardena Police Foundation wanted to extend it’s impact in the community by providing educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the local high schools. As such, the Foundation chooses three students each year to each receive a $4,000 scholarship. Applicants write a 2-page essay on a prompt provided by the Foundation, and submit it along with an application form and proof of acceptance to a four-year university.
Gardena Explorer Educational Scholarships
The Foundation awards two educational scholarships to members of the Gardena Police Explorers. Explorers write an essay and the winning essays are selected by a team of law enforcement personnel.
The Police Explorer Program is a program open to all youth from the community ranging from 14 to 21 years in age. The Police Explorer Program is sanctioned by Learning for Life, and is maintained and staffed by members of the Gardena Police Department. It is strictly a volunteer program that gives service to the Police Department and the community. The Explorer Program is a structured program that gives young men and women the academic and technical training needed to become future Law Enforcement Officers. The program also gives Explorers the leadership skills and self-discipline needed to become successful community leaders.