Victoria Ovis, who passed away suddenly on May 25, 2005, had over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the United States Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security. This scholarship honors an outstanding student each year in Victoria’s memory with an award in the amount of $2,000 for a single academic year.
The Victoria Ovis Memorial scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a law enforcement officer who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Awards are based on financial need, academic merit, and achievements such as leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. The recipient must be a student from or reside and attend school in New York State or the New York metropolitan area. A declared major is not required, but preference will be given to eligible candidates who are majoring in criminology or pre-law. The Victoria Ovis Memorial Scholarship is awarded for a single academic year and is not renewable.