High School Senior – Kira Morris – is a recipient of a Jaxon Humanitarian Scholarship.
Kira Morris has a long-held desire to become an FBI agent with a special focus in STEM. She was an honor student at Basha High School where she has excelled in their science curriculum. Kira is starting classes at the University of Arizona as a Junior with advance credits. She is from a law enforcement family and they are excited to know she is well on her way to a stellar career.
Kira holds Jaxon’s 3 Things as a guiding light to the way she leads her life and a career in law enforcement is the path she is eager to pursue.
Sheyla Vasquez | Mesa Police Cadet
“My uncle has inspired me to pursue a career in law enforcement. In 2010, my uncle was murdered on his way to this country. He was my only uncle. The reason why he was murdered was because of my aunt who was involved with the Sinaloa cartel…she owed money, and my uncle who had nothing to do with it was murdered. I suffered a lot after his death. He and many other innocent lives that die each year due to the drug war have influenced and pushed me to peruse a career in law enforcement.
My ultimate and only goal in law enforcement is to work as a Special Agent with the D.E.A and fight the drug war that has been increasing each year.”
Adham Rayyes | Scottsdale Police Cadet
“My school resource officer from middle school inspired me to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. I remember looking up to her so much and she has helped me and just guided me through so much. She is part of the reason I’m doing it. The other half of the reason is because I really enjoy helping people. My whole life I feel like I’m always being put in situations where I have to help those who are in need. Another reason is being in today’s world, people are scared to become police officers because of the current societal and political situations. I want to be the change in the world, and to prove the stereotype wrong.
My goals once I become a police officer, are to go to SWAT then hopefully FBI and ultimately one of my really big goals is I want to make a change or a difference in my community. If I can make one person smile every day, then I’ll be happy. If I can change a whole community’s outlook on how bad they think police are, I think I can successfully say I completed my goal.”
Jaxon’s Wish for a scholarship for a Basha High School student has become the cornerstone to programs that will open doors for students from schools across Arizona who want to pursue careers in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. In addition to financial support, scholarship recipients will be connected to Law Enforcement professionals who will serve as Mentors during their academic year.
The Jaxon Landfair Humanitarian Scholarships honor former Basha High School student Jaxon Landfair. During Jaxon’s attendance at Basha High School he was involved in Marching Band, Concert Band, and Multimedia Film. In November 2018 he was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL) and finished out that school year off campus. His battle with cancer did not deter him from fully enjoying life and his intent was to pursue a career in Law Enforcement after college. He never lost hope and always maintained a positive outlook on life. When Make-A-Wish Arizona® asked Jaxon to share his one true wish, he told volunteers he wished for “something that would last”. His decision? To create a college scholarship for his fellow Basha High School students was something Make-A-Wish Arizona® was excited to help launch by funding the first scholarship.
The 2021 Jaxon Landfair Humanitarian Scholarships are payable to the participating College, University, or Academy. All students who are enrolled in their 2021 Senior year at an accredited Arizona High School are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Every scholarship recipient will be connected with a Jaxon Mentor who will provide guidance throughout the scholarship period including scheduling opportunities for the recipient to visit with other Jaxon Mentors in a variety of Law Enforcement fields.
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As important as providing financial support is to our scholarship recipients, the Jaxon Mentors provide support and guidance throughout their scholarship year and beyond. Every Jaxon Scholar is paired with a Law Enforcement professional.
Jaxon Foundation Mentors are select Law Enforcement professionals with a wide range of experience and expertise. All are committed to supporting the success of scholarship recipients as they pursue their career path. The Jaxon Mentors will also schedule unique learning opportunities for the Jaxon Scholars to participate in a range of workplace environments alongside other Law Enforcement professionals.