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The Sgt. Patrick J. O’Rourke Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship awarded in memory of Sgt. Patrick John O’Rourke. May it never be forgotten that he paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of West Bloomfield.  

Sgt. Patrick O'RourkeThis scholarship is intended to aid persons wishing to serve their communities in the field of public safety by obtaining their education at a Michigan accredited college or university. Minimum scholarship amount is $1000, maximum $2500.

The information the student provides is strictly confidential.  The primary purpose for which the information is requested, is that it may be used in the consideration and selection of an award winner for the Sgt. Patrick J O’Rourke Memorial Scholarship. Submission of the information requested is voluntary. However, failure to complete the form and essay will preclude the applicant from being considered for the award. Information may be used to publicize the applicant’s selection for this award.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be attending a school in Michigan
  • Open to all public, private, parochial and home school students that meet Michigan’s requirements for graduation from high school.
  • Must be at least a senior in high school and younger than 30 years of age
  • Minimum GPA 2.7

Application Requirements

  • Unofficial copy of transcripts if in college. High school seniors exempt from this requirement.
  • Written Essay to include the following: maximum 1000 words
    • Describe your involvement in civic and / or religious activities. Indicate the activity, the date (month and year) of participation and your role.
    • Describe your participation and role in extracurricular school activities (sports, clubs, etc).
    • Describe your academic achievements. Include emotional, spiritual and artistic (art & music) development in your high school junior and senior years.
    • Describe any life experiences, if any, which you believe have impacted your grades and career goals.
    • Describe your intended area of study in public safety, your projected career path, and how you feel it will contribute to society.
    • If you have a family member in public safety, what do they do and how did they inspire a career in public safety. (Public safety defined as police, fire, ems, homeland security, immigration/customs, fbi, dea, etc)
  • Recommendation (2 letters to be completed by persons, no family members). Recommendations must include a description of the applicant’s inspirational contribution and extra-curricular activities. Include also, a description of why you feel the applicant should receive this award.