DRPS is recognizing outstanding students in Durham Region who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, human equity and inclusive practices in their community through two scholarships.
Police Services Board Sarah McDonald Diversity Scholarship
Although she wasn't a member of the Durham Regional Police Service as an officer or civilian, Sarah McDonald was the first racialized member of the Durham Regional Police Services Board. Sarah was instrumental in the establishment of the first Police Diversity Advisory Committee in 1992. She was also a member of the Durham District School Board where she retired as a principal and has the distinction of being honoured as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals. Sarah was involved in various programs and initiatives such as "Students Together Against Racism," an anti-racist education initiative. She continues to be a Champion of Change in our community.
Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway Diversity Scholarship
Sherry Whiteway has the distinct status of having achieving the highest rank as a female officer of the Durham Regional Police Service. Sherry spent 32 years as a police officer where she paved the way for many other female officers. Sherry was a role model for many to aspire to achieve greater goals as police officers. In a retirement article Sherry was quoted as saying, "I think that our policing experience should be shared and I want to do more to assist those in need."
The scholarships are being awarded in the amount of $1,500 to two students who are entering their first year of post-secondary education and are enrolled in an academic program that relates to a career in policing.
To be eligible students must be residents of the Regional Municipality of Durham and accepted and enrolled in a full-time academic program in a field of study related to a career in policing at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University - Oshawa Campus or Durham College.
Applications must submit a 500 word essay outlining how they have served a champion of change by demonstrating a commitment to diversity, human equity and inclusive practices in their community or school, and how their educational program is transferable to a career in policing.
Each applicant must submit a minimum of (2) two letters of reference (maximum 5) from a teacher or community leader.
Application forms and further information can be found here or by visiting: www.drps.ca and clicking on Hot Topics.