Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship
What is the Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship?
In February 2019, the Davis Odd Fellows announced the Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship. The Odd Fellows created the scholarship after the tragic death of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona on January 10, 2019. Corona was 22 years old.
Officer Corona is remembered for her dedication to law enforcement, her service to her community, her hard work, and her spirit of cooperation inspiring her colleagues and the community.
The goal of the scholarship program is to provide assistance to high school students in Davis, CA and Arbuckle, CA who are pursuing a career in law enforcement and to honor Corona’s ideals of excellence and service.
An endowment fund has been created to fund the scholarship annually. The Odd Fellows’ goal is make the endowment fund self-sustaining to enable the scholarship program to continue perpetually. Davis Odd Fellows Helping Hands, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, will accept donations and manages the endowment fund.
Who was Natalie Corona?
Natalie Corona was born and raised in Arbuckle, California, a small town forty miles north of Davis. She attended Pierce High School and graduated in 2014. The Sacramento Bee shared that Corona won homecoming queen, played volleyball and basketball, and enjoyed boxing. She went on to Yuba College, where she earned an associate degree in Administration of Justice.
Corona’s mother, Lupe, is an elementary school teacher. Her father, Merced, served in the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. She had three younger sisters: Jackie, Cathy and Cindy.
Natalie entered the Sacramento Police Academy after earning her associate degree. At the same time, she began working with the Davis Police Department as a part-time Community Services Officer. She continued that work as a volunteer when the department ran out of funding for the position. She reportedly worked as a waitress in order to afford to continue volunteering. Corona graduated from the academy in June 2018.
On August 2, 2018, Corona earned her badge. When she was sworn in at the Davis Police Department, her father, Merced, pinned her badge.
Officer Corona was clearly loved and appreciated by her fellow officers. Public Information Officer Lt. Doroshov described her as an “outstanding, positive person.” He said that the department is small and tight-knit, and that Corona’s death was “a real loss to the community.”
In a news release, Police Chief Darren Pytel said, “Officer Corona had an incredible work ethic, was well liked by her colleagues, and was an asset to the Davis Police Department. Her death is a devastating loss for all of us.” He also told the Modesto Bee, “I haven’t seen anybody work harder in a part-time capacity and be more motivated to be a police officer than Natalie. She was just an absolute star in the department and someone that pretty much every department member looked to as a close friend, a sister.”
As the daughter of a police officer, Natalie had a deep appreciation for law enforcement and for those who laid down their lives to serve their communities. In October 2016, Corona shared a photo of herself holding an American flag that had one blue stripe. She wrote in the caption: “I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country. #LawEnforcement #Blueline #Thankyou #Lausphotography”
[Thanks to: https://heavy.com/news/2019/01/natalie-corona/]
Music for Natalie – on 224
On February 24, 2019 – 224 – the Davis Odd Fellows hosted Music for Natalie, a free community event, in memory of Natalie Corona. It was an afternoon for people to share some time together and listen to music together. Officer Corona’s badge number was 224. The show started at 2:24pm with music provided by area bands Big Poppies, Boot Juice and Jimmy Toor.
At the gathering, the Odd Fellows introduced their new Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship program.
Thanks for Your Donations
In 2019, the Odd Fellows raised over $25,000 for the scholarship fund. Our goal is to raise over $100,000. In June, 2019, we awarded the first scholarships.
Special thanks are extended to Colin Schmitt and Morgan Clark. Davis resident Colin Schmitt pledged to run 224 miles leading up to February 24, 2019, and donate all contributions to the Odd Fellows Corona Scholarship program. “224” was Natalie Corona’s badge number. Donations to Schmitt exceeded $8,000.
Morgan Clark, an eighth grade student in Roseville, donated $500 to the scholarship fund. For over five months, he made and sold police paracord bracelets for $5 each as a community service project. He received orders from all over the country. He sold 100 bracelets and raised $500. He chose to donate his sales proceeds to the Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship Program.
The Odd Fellows are humbled by the gestures of Colin Schmitt and Morgan Clark and the generosity of the community members who have donated to the scholarship program
In June 2019, the Davis Odd Fellows awarded the first Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarships. Three $1,000 scholarship were awarded after applications were received from seniors at Davis High School and Pierce High School in Arbuckle. The scholarship recipients were:
- Ivette Quezada – Pierce High School
- Kleo Redd – Davis High School
- Zane Schouten – Davis High School
Kleo Redd and Zane Schouten
We’re Not Done Yet! Will You Help?
The Odd Fellows are pleased with the early response to our scholarship program and pleased that we were able to awards scholarships in 2019. However, we are not done! We can continue to make a difference with your help.
An endowment fund has been created to fund the scholarship annually. The Davis Odd Fellows’ goal is make the endowment fund self-sustaining to enable the scholarship program to continue perpetually. Our goal is to raise $100.000.
Davis Odd Fellows Helping Hands, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, will accept donations and manage the endowment fund. Donations can be made online at http://davislodge.org. Contributions may be tax-deductible.
Want to Apply for the Officer Natalie Corona Odd Fellows Memorial Scholarship?
How do I qualify for the scholarship? You must be a high school senior attending school in either Arbuckle or Davis.
How can I apply? Use the form below to submit your application.
When is the final date to apply? DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS APRIL 3, 2020
For more information, contact Jim Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis Odd Fellows Helping Hands, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation, will accept donations and manage the endowment fund. Donations can be made online at davislodge.org. Contributions may be tax-deductible.