Marilyn Rosekind pictured with prior Scholarship Winners
The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF) was established in 1999. BALEAF’s mission is to provide support for law enforcement families who have had members seriously injured, suffered serious illnesses, suffered from a catastrophic event, suffered from loss of life, or, were killed in the line of duty.
In 1958, SFPD Motorcycle Officer Barry Rosekind lost his life in the line of duty (EOW August 14, 1958). Officer Rosekind left behind his wife Marilyn and her two young sons, whom she single-handedly raised. (Mark 3 ½ & Gary 2 years old). Marilyn dedicated her life to her two sons. She also never wavered in her passionate support of the “Law Enforcement Family.” It was this continued devotion that led Marilyn to be BALEAF’s first President (1999-2009) and co-founder of the organization. In 2016, Marilyn maintained a primary role in founding the BALEAF Scholarship Fund. Marilyn remained active on the BALEAF Board of Directors until her passing in January 2021. Marilyn’s leadership, dedication, and never-ending support of BALEAF were legendary and widely respected throughout the Law Enforcement Family. In 2021, the scholarship program was renamed the BALEAF Marilyn Rosekind Memorial Scholarship Program.
The Marilyn Rosekind Memorial Scholarship Program awarded five scholarships for $2,000 each in 2022.
Kayla Crook, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office –Matthew Crook, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Ashley Pickett, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office - Mike Pickett, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Melissa Sheridan, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office - Joe Sheridan, Menlo College
Anthony Sinigiani, Santa Rosa Police Department - Brian Sinigiani, University of California at Los Angeles (“UCLA”)
Mallorie Lynn Stiner, Pleasanton Police Department - Terri Lynn Stiner, Dominican University of California
A scholarship applicant must be an eligible dependent of a sworn or non-sworn law enforcement agency employee. The employee may be active, retired, or deceased but the employee must have served or currently serve within the following counties of California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. Eligible dependents include spouses, domestic partners, children, adopted children and stepchildren.
- A scholarship is awarded to each recipient on an annual basis. Applicants may only submit one application per calendar year. Applicants may reapply each year eligibility requirements are met.
- Recipients will be awarded a scholarship based on their written essay. Decisions are not based upon age, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, national origin, or religious preference.
- A minimum of three BALEAF board members read and score each essay. An average of the total scores is calculated. In the event of a tie in scoring, a scholarship award may be based on a lottery selection between all applicants receiving the same score.
- Scholarship funds are subject to all terms and conditions listed on BALEAF announcements or the BALEAF website.
- Funds are issued directly to the education institution listed on the application and are intended to be spent only on educational needs such as tuition, books, fees, or housing costs.
- Applicant is required to be currently enrolled in the Fall Semester of a US accredited trade school, college or university.
- Applicant is required to be a Full Time Student carrying a minimum of 12 units per semester or 6 units per quarter.
- Applicant is required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
- Applicant is required to provide a current student ID from a US accredited trade school, college, or university.
- Applicant is required to provide copies of their most recent unofficial transcripts from a US accredited trade school, college, or university. Freshman students may provide a letter of acceptance in lieu of transcripts.
- Request an application by email. Only requests to email@example.com will be accepted.
- The application form, essay topic and instructions will be emailed to candidates.
- Completed application, essay, student id, and unofficial transcripts must be received by June 30, 2022.
- Scholarship recipient results will be announced by email on July 31, 2022.
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund is a registered CA 501(c)(3) entity. All donations are tax deductible.
General questions or inquiries about BALEAF can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.