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CMF awards five scholarships in Al Patch’s memory

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Five scholarships were awarded in memory of Correctional Officer Al Patch, who was killed in 1980..

On July 24, the California Medical Facility (CMF) Employee Activity Committee (EAC) awarded five scholarships to graduating students from the class of 2020.

Due to the current guidelines regarding physical distancing, high school graduation ceremonies were not held.

The EAC Al Patch Scholarship Foundation received 11 applications, far more than in previous years.

All submissions went through a rigorous review process, scored by a volunteer three-judge panel not affiliated with the EAC.

The scholarship judges selected candidates based on their overall completeness of the required scholarship package, written essays, and a Resume/Activity Sheet. The three scores were calculated, averaged with the top five scores being awarded the scholarship.

Correctional Officer Albert Patch, a 16-year veteran of the department, was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 17, 1980. To honor his memory, a scholarship was established for children of CMF staff.

Scholarship recipients:

  • $1000 to Kennedy C. Rivera, daughter of Correctional Officer Rikki Rivera.
  • $750 to Ashleigh Chase, daughter of Correctional Officer Todd Chase.
  • $750 to Alexis Heenan, daughter of Correctional Officer Christopher Heenan.
  • $500 to Kiana Dumdumaya, daughter of Supervising Registered Nurse Kathleen Salacup.
  • $500 to Maverick Ganitano, son of Registered Nurse Melita Singson-Ganitano.

By Lt. Brady Olivas

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