Criminal justice student win second $1,000 scholarship


 ANCHORAGE, AK — University of Alaska student Lena Illig is the first person to be awarded a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) college scholarship two years in a row. Illig is among 21 top students who will receive the award to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of LEEP. Illig is majoring in Criminal Justice at the University of Alaska (UAA). She is a member of Alaska Peace Officers Association and Women Police in Alaska and former member of UAA Justice Club. 

 “I work extremely hard in school, work and daily life,” Illig wrote in her scholarship application. “I need funds to put myself through college to become an Alaska State Trooper.” A member of Anchorage Police Department Citizens Academy, she graduated Alaska Military Youth Academy (AMYA) in 2010 with a 3.0 GPA and received a Spirit of Youth Recognition Award for working on the Crisis Hotline for Standing Together Against Rape. Illig has received four other scholarships besides the two $1,000 LEEP scholarships she was awarded. A certified personal trainer, Illig is also certified in first aid and CPR. She works at Aviation Medical Services of Alaska and served as an underage buyer for Alcohol Beverage Control Board in Anchorage. 

 Illig is certified in Search and Rescue SARTECH III and volunteered with Anchorage Police Department Search and Rescue Team. She has participated in ride alongs with Anchorage Police and Alaska State Troopers. Illig also volunteers with Aiding Women in Crisis and Anchorage Animal Control. 

 Other scholarship winners include: Adrianna Flores and Kenny Trabanino of California; Danielle DuCasse, Charles Duron and Justin Ravelo of Florida; Amanda Tierney and Savanna Woodcock of Maine; Mark Wright of Maryland; Cory Ellis, Ethan Groothuis, Wade Heidbreder, Sarah Lighthart, Kyle Reinink, Devon Reppert and Carol Zunker of Michigan; Zachary ScottGurnwald of Missouri; Jordan Hogan of Idaho; Kayla Malloch in New Hampshire; Emily Schroff of Oregon; and Jameson Varnado of Texas. In its ninth year, LEEP has awarded some $102,000 in Dream scholarships to students showing a demonstrated interest in public service/law enforcement careers. The non-profit public safety group’s scholarship program is made possible by a growing list of national supporters. 


Law Enforcement Education Program press release