How to Apply
1. Starting Jan. 4, 2017, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due Feb. 22, 2017.
2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.
3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll have to provide info on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.
4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.
5. Save, review and finalize your application, then submit!
Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship 2017 Timeline
Jan. 4, 2017
Feb. 22, 2017
Interviews conducted with finalists
Notifications sent to students
Scholarship payments are mailed to recipients' schools when the scholarship is accepted and enrollment is verified.
Oct. 31, 2017
Deadline for recipients to claim and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification
For students who plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields.
Up to $5,000
Number of Scholarships
Up to seven one-time scholarships
Finalists must interview with the selection committee
Previous applicants/recipients may reapply
The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship was established in memory of Police Chief Harold "Hal" Johnson to provide financial support to students who plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. This scholarship honors Hal's 29 year law enforcement career, which began in Sacramento, California, in 1955. He chose his career after serving honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Hal rose through the ranks swiftly to become one of the youngest Police Captains in Southern California. In 1970, Hal was selected as the Police Chief for the Town of Los Gatos, California, where he served the community faithfully until his retirement in 1983. After his retirement, Hal continued his career dedication as an educator in law enforcement at local colleges. Hal was a devoted member of the Los Gatos Lions Club for 27 years. He was a Past President, Life Member Award recipient, and his contributions to the club, the community, and law enforcement, spanned over 46 years.
This scholarships is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a similar passion for public service and who demonstrate academic potential, leadership, and financial need.
- A demonstrated desire and a plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. Law school students are not eligible
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Current graduating senior or graduate of a public or private high school in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties)
- Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university or police academy as a full-time student
- United States citizen
Required Application Documents
In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship.
1. Personal Statement (PDF or Word doc)
Title the statement with your full name and date at the top of every page. Your personal statement must be 500-800 words, double-spaced (approximately 2-3 pages), and must address the following prompts:
- Describe your short- and long-term goals 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 OR your intended career if you are a current college student.
- 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.
- Describe why you believe you are a good candidate for the specific scholarship(s) for which you are applying.
2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)
Evidence of financial need must be submitted to Apply SVCF for all SVCF Managed Scholarships accordingly:
Note: Do not assume you won’t be eligible for federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your household’s financial situation drastically changes, you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.
3. Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
Your two letters of recommendation must be signed and dated. You must obtain a recommendation from both a:
- Teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead.
- Volunteer or work supervisor, community leader or personal acquaintance. (Volunteer or work supervisor letters must be on the organization’s letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)
There are two ways to submit your letters of recommendation.
- Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
- Have your recommenders submit the letters themselves. First, include the name and email address of your two recommenders in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommenders before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommenders and request that they submit their letters to us directly.
Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.
4. Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit both PDFs and hard copies)
Upload PDF versions of your transcripts to Apply SVCF AND mail hard copy originals to:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
Current graduating high school seniors: Submit an official high school transcript AND official college transcripts, if applicable.
Current college students: Submit official college transcript(s) AND unofficial high school transcript(s).
Note: Request your transcripts early, as it may take four to six weeks for these to be generated. Ask your school if they generate electronic official transcripts that can be turned into PDFs. Screen shots or Internet-generated transcripts will not be accepted.