The Enrique S. Camarena Educational Foundation was founded to preserve and promote the sacrifices made by Special Agent “Kiki” Camarena as well as all law enforcement officers who have given their lives in fighting drug abuse. The foundation promotes drug-free education activities for our Nation’s youth. It has been nationally recognized that drug abuse is a self-destructive activity that also negatively impacts numerous lives, the educational process and our society.
In 2005, the foundation established The Drug Abuse Education Scholarship Program in an effort to promote a discussion of drug-free lifestyles among our Nation’s youth. The annual scholarship program recognizes outstanding high school seniors who have exemplified the personal and educational lifestyles that promote success in the future as adults. The scholarship winners receive a $1,000 scholarship award for use in their college studies.
The scholarship participants are evaluated on their participation in public or school service programs, their formal educational plans, their high school grade point average, two letters of recommendation as well as a written essay proposing an effective educational drug abuse prevention program for their school or their community.