Rising Stars Academy

Mission:

To provide a leadership program that enables each student to be exposed to principles that will enhance their ability to be a successful and responsible citizen.

Vision:

For the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to become a community leader in developing and rewarding successful students by enhancing their ability to become productive citizens.

About the Program

The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office School Resource Section is constantly evolving to meet the many challenges inherent to a diverse and growing school environment. This agency meets these challenges by developing new initiatives and partnering with other members who can contribute to the success of these missions.

In 2010, the Community Outreach Division, in conjunction with members of the HCSO training division, Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County School District, developed a leadership program to reward high achieving students who are juniors advancing to seniors in high school. The program, called the "Sheriffs Rising Stars Leadership Academy,'' was developed to reward these students and provide them with a week long challenging leadership course.

The mission of the program is to provide a leadership program that enables each student to be exposed to principles that will enhance their ability to be a successful and responsible citizen. One eligible student is selected to represent each public high school in Hillsborough County. The week long leadership course is fully funded by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and will culminate in an awards ceremony for the participants and their families. A scholarship award, administered by the Hillsborough Education Foundation, is provided to students who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Our vision is for the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office to become a community leader in developing and rewarding successful students by enhancing their ability to become productive citizens.

See your School Resource Deputy/Officer for application guidelines.

Program Goals

  • Develop relationships between future high school seniors and positive adult role models.
  • Reward responsible students by providing a challenging, yet, enjoyable, week long learning experience.
  • Deliver leadership training that will promote positive citizen involvement.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

See your School Resource Deputy / Officer to submit your application.

  • Each applicant must be a Junior advancing to their Senior year of high school.
  • Submit a transcript supporting minimum "unweighted" State GPA of 2.8
  • Applicants may not have a criminal history.
  • Application must be submitted to your  School Resource Deputy / Officer by March 27, 2020
  • Children of currently employed Law Enforcement Officer's are not eligible

Semifinalist Requirements

  • Each respective high school shall form a selection committee consisting of the SRO / SRD, staff members, teachers, or other persons of their choosing to vet applications and choose a maximum of three (3) semifinalists to be submitted to the HCSO School Resource Section for selection of participants
  • Between the dates of March 30 and April 3, 2020, selected semifinalists shall be required to complete a 500 word essay on the topic of leadership. Students shall complete the essay unassisted and in a proctored environment. This essay shall be typed, double spaced, and shall be completed at each respective school site. In addition, students chosen as finalists will be provided with a Release and Indemnity to be signed by their parent or guardian, as well as an Emergency Notification form to be completed and notarized. These forms MUST be completed and returned to the SRO/SRD along with the essay.
  • After the essay has been completed, and no later than April 8, 2020, the SRO / SRD shall submit to the HCSO School Resource Section, the essay along with the completed application, one (1) letter of recommendation from a non-relative of the applicant, and all other above mentioned forms.

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