AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“C- and B-students don’t always have the opportunities students with a 4.0 have for college scholarships,” station Cpt. Michael Rothans said. “I hope this builds their confidence. We just want to help. By helping them, they in turn will help the community.” This is the first time the station has provided the scholarship. Rothans said he organized a fundraising barbecue to raise the money after he was promoted to captain this year. The station split a $1,000 scholarship between two Pioneer High School seniors – Carrillo and Nicholas Moran. El Rancho High School senior Edgar Garcia was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The winners all excelled in community service, said Rothans. Carrillo volunteered at a women’s health clinic, at juvenile halls and with a county probation officer. She hopes to be a probation officer when she graduates from California State University, Los Angeles. “I feel like there are kids who can’t communicate with their parents. I want to be that person,” Susie Carillo said. “I never go out, never had detention. I’m the total opposite of what they are, but I still want to help.” Edgar Garcia wants to go to Rio Hondo Community College and major in criminal justice. In a qualifying essay for the scholarship, he wrote that he works at Sears to help his family pay bills. He doesn’t make enough to pay for college, he wrote. “A decent education is what my parents always dreamed I had, considering that my parents didn’t even finish elementary,” he wrote in the essay. Moran also needs the scholarship, his mother Jackie Moran said. “Nicholas knew it was going to be really hard for us to afford college. We lost our home two years ago, and he’s been living between my parents and grandparents,” she said. Moran has volunteered at White Memorial Medical Center and done two ride-alongs with sheriff’s deputies as they patrolled the city. He plans to attend Cal State Los Angeles and go into law enforcement or business. Besides keeping a tight leash on her son, Jackie Moran said he learned right from wrong the hard way. When he was 7 years old, he saw his 5-year-old friend gunned down by drive-by shooters outside his house. His friend got into a car with his father to go home after an afternoon of playing together, when a man driving by fired into their car, Jakie Moran said. “The car came around the corner and shot indiscriminately,” she said. The boy was killed and the father was shot in the leg. “After that, Nicholas was scared to go outside. He became very withdrawn. That was his first experience with bad guys.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Susie Carrillo, a Pioneer High School senior, wants to help other teenagers who are not as lucky as her. Sheriff’s deputies want to help her. She and two other high school seniors received scholarships this week donated by sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. The scholarship winners are not straight-A students or sports stand-outs. They have all helped the community in some way and demonstrated a financial need.