The Peoria Firefighters Charities is a non-profit group made up of Peoria Firefighters
that have been raising money since the early 2000’s to be able to offer two
scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Peoria Unified School District.
John Valentine Scholarship
The first is the Johnny Valentine Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for
any student wishing to attend college and pursue a career in serving others. John
Valentine was a Peoria Firefighter who passed away during the prime of his career
from a brain tumor leaving behind a wife and daughter. Johnny's spirit and energy
live on today through the Peoria Fire Department and its members. Johnny was a
well respected Firefighter who lived the Fire Department's Motto: Serving with
Strength, Honor, and Compassion. Our goal is to find a representative each year
who embodies our motto and would greatly benefit from our assistance in the
pursuit of their education goals.
General Education Scholarship
The second scholarship is the General Education Scholarship in the amount of
$1,000. This scholarship may be used at any university, community college or
vocational school. This scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who has shown
a strong work ethic, leadership qualities, and a desire to continue their success at a
school of their choosing.
The application process runs from October 1st through March 1st of each school
year. You can download the application from the following link or pick up in your
school’s career office. Applications must be postmarked on or before February 1st.
2018 Johnny Valentine Scholarship Recipient
My name is Keith Campbell and I am a 18 year old senior at Peoria High School. After high school my plans is to go to Northern Arizona University
and major in psychology and double minor in sociology and criminal justice. After I graduate from
Northern Arizona University I hope to start my career as a psychologist and help change the lives of families
and teens that are in their toughest times.
2018 General Education Scholarship Recipient
Hello everyone, my name is Jade Blanco Holman and I am a senior at Centennial High School. I also am a student in the pharmacy technician program at the West-MEC northeast campus. I volunteer at Banner Thunderbird hospital. I am a very ambitious person when it comes to pursuing my goals. I will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall of 2018. I will be a freshman in the pre-nursing program. As rigorous as this coursework will be, I am determined to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. After being a nurse for a couple of years I aspire to
become a doctor. I dream of becoming a cardiologist. The anatomy of the heart has always sparked curiosity in my mind. Individuals in the medical field are always on the frontline of health care. These doctors and nurses are dedicated to saving patients’ lives. I hope that one day I will be able to be rewarded with this amazing feeling.
2018 General Education Scholarship Recipient
Farhat Ali - As a senior at Peoria High School, I pride myself in being involved in several organizations
around the community and in my school. My family immigrated to the United States in 2003
with the dream of a second generation of children that would work to attain a college education
and degree. Next year, I will be attending Arizona State University and will double major in
Secondary Education and Political Science with the dream of someday working in activism and
leadership. My passion in activism and empowerment go beyond my classroom and into the
community, I live in and will someday affect others through my chosen career field. I hope to
continue volunteering and community outreach as I enter University and I look forward to being
a recipient of the Peoria Firefighter scholarship. My future is brighter with the support of the
Peoria Firefighters and I look forward to being a part of this influential organization.
2017 Johnny Valentine Scholarship Recipient
My name is Caitlyn James and I live in El Mirage, Arizona and am graduating from Centennial High School May 2017. I am a dedicated athlete who has learned the meaning of hard work and communication through my participation in my schools varsity swim and varsity basketball teams. I am also a prestige’s student, and have worked hard throughout my high school career in order to insure myself a position in the top five percent of my school.
When I am not studying or playing sports, I am often found at one of the City of Peoria’s aquatics centers teaching children how to swim and be safe around water. I am an advocate for safety around water and works hard to ensure that all of my students have the skills to be safe. I plan on attending Glendale Community College and obtain a Associates degree. I then plan on transferring over to Arizona State University to work towards a degree in Mathematics or Engineering.
2017 Johnny Valentine Scholarship Recipient General Education Scholarship Recipient
My name is Marissa Shaw. I am an eighteen year old student at Peoria High
School. I have been involved in numerous activities at school, including
volleyball, basketball, track, student council, cub links, and DECA. Being
involved in the community of my school is what has made me the happiest as a high schooler. It is also what has helped me prepare for my future. Growing up was difficult for me, mostly because I didn’t have a good family atmosphere. My parents both had addictions, and I have been in and out of the system until finally I was adopted in 7th grade by one of my teachers. I have been through many rough patches, but I have grown from it, and I have been able to challenge myself to be successful. I am attending NAU in the fall, and will be studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. I would not be able to attend college if it wasn’t for the help of the Peoria Firefighter Charities. My unconditional appreciation goes to everyone who has made this happen. I am beyond excited to further my education at a campus as beautiful as NAU’s.