Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sergeant’s Daughter Receives Grant from Police Foundation

The Marco Island Police Foundation has provided a financial grant to Marissa Diaz, the daughter of Marco Island Police Sergeant Hector Diaz, to attend a prestigious program on STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) this summer at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

The Explore STEM program that Marissa Diaz is attending will offer her exposure to Robotics, Engineering, Space, Medical and Healthcare Technology, Forensic Science and Civil Engineering.

Marissa, a freshman at Barron Collier High School, has maintained a 3.8 grade point average while being active in school sports and other extracurricular activities.

“Attending this STEM program is a tremendous opportunity for Marissa who has such a bright future ahead of her,” said Joe Swaja, who chairs the foundation’s Scholarship Committee and presented the grant. “This forum is sure to challenge her and help guide her as she makes decisions not only about her future education, but the career she will ultimately chose.”

This award is the result of the Police Foundation’s effort in assisting our local Marco Island police and their children with their education.

“My family couldn’t be more appreciative of the Police Foundation and its effort to help with the education of our Marco police officers and their families,” said Sgt. Diaz. “This grant is certain to give Marissa a jump start as she considers college and her career path.”

Marissa Diaz (center) receives her grant award. Joining her, from left: Scholarship Chair/Board Member Joe Swaja, her father Sgt. Hector Diaz, Treasurer Joe Granda and Police Chief Al Schettino. Submitted Photo

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