Dear 10-07 Fund Donors,
I would like to take this time to thank the donors for selecting me as the recipient for the Toby Candilora Scholarship. This scholarship has helped to relieve a huge financial stress for my family and me. Having to support a family while going to school and attempting to work full time is very trying and with your generous donation has become that much easier.
Since I was thirteen I have always dreamed about being a police officer. At a young age, I had my first experience of an unexpected death of a family member in an auto accident. The sheriff that came to our aid was so compassionate and empathetic that it rerouted my life. I knew from that day forward that is what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a light in the community. I wanted to be the one that people turned to for an unconditional and unbiased source of protection and safe guard for whatever may come. As an officer I will provide just that within my community. I will serve without fear or favor, malice or ill will, and I will keep true to the community that looks to me as a public servant.
The academy has been a great experience and laid a strong foundation for my career as a police officer. I established many great friendships and met a lot of extraordinary people. I am so grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to attend the Weber State University Police Academy. I was able to get into better shape and learn all that I needed to make myself successful as a police officer and through this scholarship, it has given me the opportunity to lose stress and worry financially and focus 100% on my further education and career.
I am currently employed as a police officer with Roy City Police Department and working on my field training. I aspire to donate my time and eventually work my way into participating at Weber State university as an instructor in their law enforcement academy.
Thank you again for this great honor,
Officer Zachary Baker
Roy City Police Department
Dear Candilora and Jones Families,
I am blessed and honored to be receiving the Candilora 10-07 Scholarship. I put my whole soul and desire for becoming a police officer, while still focusing on my family, into the essay. This is the greatest blessing that my family could have received from your family. I cannot thank you enough for your love and generosity toward your family and me.
On my journey through the Police Academy I struggled and stressed about so many things, especially the financial burden it placed on my family. I would like to personally express my gratitude towards your family. My family is now able to start on a better note because of your assistance. May God bless your family for the love you have given us. Thank you.
Presten Craig Armstrong
Dear Candilora-Jones Family, Director Jack Rickards and the Toby Candilora 10-7 Scholarship Committee,
It is with a swell heart and much gratitude I address you all and say sincerely thank you for taking the time to consider the Cadets here at Weber State’s Law Enforcement Academy. I am extremely grateful that I was selected for the award of the scholarship. Those funds will be a great and wonderful help with the financial burden it was to be a self sponsored Cadet at the Academy. I sincerely say thank you.
Officer Dayne Dyer Clinton City Police Department
Growing up I heard a common idiom that has helped to shape my outlook on life and the way I live. The idiom states ‘memories do not live as people do they always remember you’. The memories of Toby Candilora that his family holds now has been passed on to others who have heard his story and share the same goals and aspirations that he did. I sincerely believe that we live on with Toby’s will within us and I do hope that we will continue to live our lives in such a manner that will bring great honor to his name.
In order for memories to stay alive I believe we need to make that effort as the idiom stated and I have now embodied the memory of Toby’s story in my life. I thank the Candilora / Jones family for sharing his life with us and thank them for all their efforts in making this scholarship a possibility to the Cadets at this Academy.
Officer Dayne Dyer
Clinton City Police Department
Dear Candilora-Jones family,
My name is Cameron Kapetanov. I am one of the beneficiaries of your police academy scholarship. I cannot thank you enough for not only providing the opportunity to cadets to receive some financial help, but for selecting me as one of those cadets!
My desire to be in law enforcement goes back as long as I can remember. Being enamored as a little kid watching Superman and seeing what good he does and the values he lives by: protect the innocent, defend truth and justice, and help create a world of peace. I wanted to be him. I wanted to live the life he does. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon as I don’t have super powers (yet), but I could come close. I could go into law enforcement. This desire ebbed and flowed as I grew up and learned more about life and who I was as a person, but it seemed that life was not really giving me an opportunity to act on that desire…until 4 months before registration was due for the upcoming academy class. It was going to be close, but it was time.
When I made the decision to be a part of law enforcement and the academy, I knew it was going to be a rough road not only physically, but financially as well. I worked hard and was able to lose about 35lbs before the academy, but was not able to secure any financial help or success on my own. It was an added stress, as it always will be when it comes to money and the expenses of life, which I didn’t need or want. I tried my best to do side jobs and other things to help, but it just didn’t seem to be enough. Through extended family and some humble asking, I was able to at least get enough to enter into the academy. Life was still rough, though. My wife was working all she could to help out with bills; barely making it each month as I was no longer holding up my half of the financial responsibilities. We managed as best as we could, but home life was getting more difficult. It seemed as though I just had to put my dreams on hold until later in life. However, thanks to your family, I have a peace of mind at home and an increased level of focus in the academy.
I am achieving that dream to be a Super-man that I’ve had since childhood and am now doing it with more confidence and determination. It is because of you and your continuing service to future law enforcement and, for me specifically, being awarded this scholarship.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We have some great news! We are more than half way to fully endowing each of our scholarships! In 2017, we donated:
- $12,000 to the Weber State University Law Enforcement Academy: To date, we’ve supported 8 cadets with scholarships, and we are 67 percent of the way to fully endowing a scholarship.
- $5000 to Bellevue University’s Master’s in Public Administration Program: Together with Toby’s friends who started the scholarship, we’ve supported 2 graduates, and we are 60 percent of the way to full endowment.
- $1000 to the Candilora Cadets ALS Association of Oregon Walk Team: Our total contribution is now $3000.
Thank you to each one of you who has joined us for the 10-07 Fund 5K Walk/Run and/or donated to support our work the last three years. We are energized by these results! We are also overwhelmed knowing that all this good is a reflection of your love for Toby and support for our family.
As we see “our” graduates head out into the world to protect and serve, many working here, in Ogden and nearby communities, we know we’ve ensured the spirit of Toby’s work will continue. There are truly no words for what that gives us. Gratitude is just the start.
Scholarship Recipients Graduate and Join Local Law Enforcement
Two 10-07 Scholarship recipients,Preston Armstrong and Zachary Baker, graduated from the WSU Law Enforcement Academy today. Baker, the speaker chosen by the cadets, began work in Roy City this week. Armstrong is in the process of finalizing his employment decisions.
The WSU Law Enforcement Academy class of January 2018
Armstrong and Baker with WSU Law Enforcement Director Jack Rickards
Preston Armstrong graduates!
Zachary Baker graduates!
The cadets, WSU, and the 10-07 Fund are grateful to 10-07 Fund supporters who helped these wonderful cadets through schooling.