BadgeWives 2020 Scholarship

BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. Scholarship Program 

Award: $500 

Deadline: June 30th , 2020 

Awards Available for 2020: 2 

The Mission of BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc is to promote positive law enforcement relationships within the community, to seek community support for law enforcement, provide support for law enforcement families in need, and to encourage stronger relationships within families. This scholarship is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a similar passion for public service, and who demonstrate leadership, financial need and a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement or related fields. 

Eligibility: Current high school seniors who are pursuing post high school education in law enforcement or related fields including: criminal justice, corrections, and forensics. Non high school Applicants enrolled/accepted into a law enforcement academy are also elegible. 

CONTEST & ESSAY REQUIREMENTS: 

● Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission. 

● Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from a teacher. 

● One entry per student per contest. 

● Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by June30th , 2020 BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate. 

● Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. for any claim, demand, judgment or other 

allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay. 

● Essay must consist of: 

Describe your long-term goals for a career in law enforcement/criminal justice and how furthering your education will assist you in reaching those goals. 

Comment on the personal characteristics, educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for college and a career in the law enforcement/criminal justice field. 

Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will or have help(ed) you succeed in college. 

How you expect to promote positive relationships between the community and law enforcement in college and beyond. 

COMPLETE LISTING OF REQUIREMENTS: 

● No application is required. Contest is open to students that currently reside in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando Counties. Essays must be written in English only. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States. 

● Entrant must be in the 12th grade (a High School Senior) at the time of the current contest deadline. BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule, on a case-by-case basis. 

● To avoid disqualification, essays must include a cover sheet with the following information: 

1. Your name, current phone number and address; 2. Your email address (if available); 3. The name and address of your school; 4. Your current grade level; Date of expected graduation from your current academic institution: 5. How did you hear about the scholarship? 

6. College(s) applied/accepted to (if known): Anticipated major in college: 

● Applications and scholarships will not be judged based on sex, creed, national origin, or religious preference. 

● Scholarships are to be awarded (certificate only) in the month of July. Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail typically by July 30th, 2020. Financial award will be provided to winner prior to the 2020-2020 school year by check to the institution in which they are attending. 

● BadgeWives will award scholarships on an annual basis. Scholarships will only be awarded once to each recipient. Awardees will not be eligible for any additional scholarships/renewals. 

Decisions of the judges are final. 

● All entries become the property of BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. and will not be returned. 

● Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. to post their names on any of BadgeWives affiliated websites or social media. The first-place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. 

● Winners consent to allow BadgeWives of Tampy Bay Inc to use part of or the entire essay and take a photograph of the winner to be shared on our website and/or shared with third parties for purposes of marketing the contest. 

● Preference may be given to applicants who are the surviving child of a fallen law enforcement officer and/or the dependent children of law enforcement officers. 

● Winner will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes. 

● Applicant must be available for a personal interview by the Scholarship Awards Committee if so requested. 

Fundraiser Tickets are Still available! Click on photo and fill out form to reserve yours today!

BadgeWives Night in Vegas

We are excited to announce our upcoming Fundraiser and are currently looking for sponsors. Please see below flyer for more information.

Second Annual Bowling for Blue

We here at Badgewives have some exciting news about our 2nd annual bowling fundraiser. Come out on July 13th to help BadgeWives help to continue to support Law Enforcement, families and the community. Last year was amazing! Let’s make this year even better! Open to all! Please share and help spread the word 😊

Sponsorships are available! Family lanes available! Please contact badgewives@gmail.com for further information!

First Responder Night at Spectrum Field

BadgeWives Has been asked to be a part of this amazing event! We hope to see you all there!

The Clearwater Police Department, Clearwater Fire & Rescue, Coast Guard, Pinellas County Sheriff, Pasco County Sheriff, and other local agencies have teamed up to recognize local heroes and all first responders and their families for Clearwater Threshers First Responders Appreciation Night, presented by Banquet Masters.

All first responders receive a free ticket to the game, and may purchase additional tickets for $5. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Operation Restore, a program at the Franciscan Center, Tampa to help first responders work through post trauma stress. First Responder tickets may be picked up, with proper ID, at the Box Office at Spectrum Field. 

Events will include:

-Pregame Touch-A-Truck event in the west lot with tactical vehicles and equipment and on-field vehicle parade around the warning track

-Recognition of local heroes throughout the night

-Static displays and interactive exhibits on the concourse

-CPD K9 demonstration on-field during the 7th inning stretch

-Flyover by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter

-First pitch by Pinellas Sheriff’s Sgt. David Stang

-Meet Pasco Sheriff’s Office K9 Buster, and K9 Doc will also be on hand

-Special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog

-Afternoon charity softball game on Spectrum Field at 3 p.m. –  Clearwater Fire Rescue vs St. Pete Fire Rescue, special tickets available

-Fireworks after the Threshers game

Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. Clearwater Threshers game vs the Daytona Tortugas. Visit or call the BayCare Box Office at Spectrum Field, 727-467-4457.

2019 BadgeWives Scholarship Recipient Honored

On May 15, 2019 our members presented Deviante Armstead with our 2019 scholarship. Deviante has aspirations of joining the FBI and BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. is so very proud to offer some assistance on his journey. We wish Deviante the best in his education and his career.

The Mission of BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc. is to promote positive law enforcement relationships within the community, to seek community support for law enforcement, provide support for law enforcement families in need, and to encourage stronger relationships within families. This scholarship is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a similar passion for public service, and who demonstrate leadership, financial need and a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement or related fields.

We received an entry that told a story of determination and a desire to make a difference in his community that really resonated with us. Despite his circumstances and history, he found a passion in football and used it to help him succeed. This young man clearly desires to make a difference in his community through a career in criminal justice.

BadgeWives is excited to be offering a 2020 scholarship as well. Stay tuned for details!

Assistance for Injured LEOs

As you know a couple of weeks back PCSO Sgt. Stang and SPPD K9 Titan were shot in the line of duty. Our board members came together and purchased a gift card from our group for Sgt. Stang. Also, we were able to put a basket of goodies together for K9 Titan from our group […]

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We are happy to hear that you are interested in becoming a member of BadgeWives of Tampa Bay Inc.  We will be happy to give you a little information about our organization. We recently became a non profit 501c3 organization this past year and welcome all Tampa Bay Area LEO wives and female officers. Our group is a little different than many of the other online LEO spouse groups. We meet up at least once a month at various locations for us ladies to have a wonderful time in person.  For example, a few of our past events included going to the movies, meal prep party, wine tasting, girls night at the range, crafting, etc. We also have exciting events arranged for the upcoming months! A big thing that we also do is get together and make things for the officers for Christmas, Easter, Thank a Police Officer Day, etc. in which those events are also kid friendly.
Finally, the most important thing that we do is be there for one another. Being a LEO spouse is something we all have in common and we all tend to experience things or go through things that a non LEO spouse would truly understand, so it’s nice being able to reach out or talk with someone who understands what you may be going through or experiencing.
As  previously stated, we are now a 501c3 organization, so if you are interested in becoming a member, we do require a $30 annual membership fee at sign up. These dues cover some of our overhead expenses and operating costs.  Please send us an email at badgewivesmembership@gmail.com and we will be happy to send you our quick 1 page application