On Monday night the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund awarded its first-ever scholarship to Eden Prairie High School senior Gabrielle Knight.
The newly created scholarship is targeted to students who have an academic emphasis or interest in coursework in the area of criminal justice, law enforcement and/or community crime prevention. The Crime Prevention Fund decided to create the scholarship program in honor of its 40th anniversary.
Gabrielle is a member of the Edina/Eden Prairie Police Explorer Post and is interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Here is an excerpt from the award presentation:
“Gabrielle has extensive knowledge of American Sign Language, often helping as an interpreter. She is an active volunteer in her church, loves gymnastics and has published poetry in the school magazine for the last 3 years. One highlight for Gabrielle was getting the chance to work security at the Super Bowl. She was part of Justin Timberlake’s security team for four days.
Her senior year, Gabby chose to take courses at Hennepin Technical College. One of her courses was in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice where she earned a 4.0. Gabrielle loves helping people. Her letters of recommendation mention her willingness to lend a hand in any situation and her strong work ethic. Gabrielle possesses all the attributes that will one day help make her an outstanding police officer.
In the fall, she will be attending Minnesota State University of Moorhead where she plans on studying criminal justice and American Sign Language interpreting with an emphasis in psychology.”