Skyline College Administration of Justice student Andrew Mendoza was awarded a $2,500.00 Educational Scholarship at the 2022 Daly City PAL fundraiser banquet held at the Pomeroy Center in San Francisco on July 25th. Mr. Mendoza was recognized by the Daly City Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) Organization for his educational and community achievements while pursuing his career aspirations in the fields of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and is the organization’s 19th recipient of the DC-PAL Educational Scholarship.
Mr. Mendoza has also been hired by the Daly City Police Department for the position of Police Officer and is currently attending the Basic Police Academy for six months of initial training by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), after which he will attend several months of additional agency-specific training in the Daly City Police Department’s Field Training (FTO) Program.
The Daly City PAL, a partnership involving community leaders and the Daly City Police Department, is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and helping young people to become healthy, social, and caring individuals through athletics. The Daly City Police Department’s PAL Program was the first of its kind in the State of California, established in 1957.
ADMJ Professor Steve Aurilio, and member of the Daly City PAL board, instituted the Daly City PAL Educational Foundation (PAL-Ed) in 2007 as an auxiliary component of the PAL organization to help provide financial assistance to career-minded students who are interested in the justice field. To date, all of the award recipients have been Skyline College ADMJ students.
To qualify, students must be interested in a Criminal Justice career and either be a graduating high school senior or enrolled in a college Administration of Justice studies Program. They must also have a qualifying GPA, have performed community service work, and undergo an interview.
Article by Steve Aurilio