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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2023

Scholarship Honors Service of NY State Trooper

A $1,000 scholarship in the memory of the late New York State Trooper Jose Rosado will again be supported by the New York State Troopers Memorial Fund it was announced by the Suffolk Community College Foundation today.

Trooper Jose RosadoThe scholarship established in Trooper Rosado’s memory provides two $500 awards; to an incoming student and a continuing student studying at Suffolk County Community College toward a career in law enforcement.

The Troopers Memorial Fund Trustees extended best wishes to the students at Suffolk County Community College in furthering their education and eventual careers.  Our motto of “Never Forget” those we lost should apply to everyone as we all strive to make a difference.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Community College Foundation, I am delighted to express our college community’s gratitude to the New York State Troopers Memorial Fund for their generous support of student success at Suffolk County Community College through the New York State Trooper Jose Rosado Memorial Scholarship”, said Sylvia A. Diaz, PhD, LMSW, executive director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation. 

“Trooper Jose Rosado’s memory and legacy of service is celebrated at Suffolk County Community College as students are awarded the scholarship annually on their pathways towards promising careers in law enforcement,” Diaz said.

Trooper Jose A. Rosado, 45, was killed in a two-car accident on January 24, 2007, in Southampton town.  While on patrol, Trooper Rosado encountered black-ice causing a loss of control of his vehicle.  The trooper’s vehicle slid sideways into the path of an oncoming vehicle killing Rosado.

Trooper Rosado entered the New York State Police on September 19, 1988 and was assigned to Troop L, SP Riverside. 

In addition to the scholarship, the Troopers Memorial Fund invites scholars to join them annually at the NYS Police Memorial Service at Troop L in Farmingdale where they are introduced to Trooper Rosado’s family, friends and colleagues. 

Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, an observance that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty is celebrated annually on May 15.

The Troopers Memorial Fund is an IRS recognized 501-C3 non-profit corporation that honors fallen troopers and supports our communities.  It was created to honor the New York State Troopers from Troop L that have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the men, women and children of New York State.  Click on the IN MEMORIAM on our troopers memorial fund home page for more information and the fund.

The Suffolk Community College Foundation’s mission is to support student access to quality education and vocational skill training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the college, to support foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities.

Suffolk County Community College criminal justice alumni go on to serve in every law enforcement agency in our community on the federal, state, county and local levels, as well as in agencies that provide corrections, probation, code enforcement, public safety, corporate and private security and more. If you have a desire to help others a career in criminal justice may be for you. Suffolk County Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice to fulfill the needs of students with diverse career goals. The criminal justice program offers a variety of career options and scholarship opportunities. The program also offers internships that are available to help students gain valuable on-the-job experience, day and evening classes and qualified instructors who possess criminal justice experience. The classes are available on the Ammerman Campus in Selden, the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood and the Eastern Campus in Riverhead.