Christina was one of 32 students from across the country to receive the award, which is based on a combination of academic merit and financial need.
Port Jefferson Station, NY - November 15, 2017 - The National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) today announced Christina Lettich, of Port Jefferson Station, NY, as a recipient of the NLEAFCF Scholarship. Christina received the scholarship in recognition of her exceptional leadership, community service and scholastic achievement.
Christina was one of 32 students from across the country to receive the award, which is based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. The recipients are all children of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
“First responders have given so much to defend and protect us. How better to honor their commitment to all of us than to ensure that their children achieve their full potential? Helping to pay for their college and complete their higher education is the least we can do to honor these law enforcement and firefighters’ families,” said NLEAFCF President and Founder Al Kahn.
“Christina has demonstrated leadership among her peers and exceptional scholastic achievements, as well as contributing her time and energy to community service. We are proud to be a part of helping Christina achieve her academic goals.”
Christina is a sophomore at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she is pursuing Fine Arts. At SVA, she is part of the "Cartoon Allies,” where she connects with friends who also love cartooning. Christina has copyrighted over 60 of her own characters so far.
“I want to be a cartoonist and story board artist. Although I am shy, I can tell great stories through my writing and especially through my drawing. My emotions come through a pencil and marker,” explained Christina. “When I started taking Saturday classes at the School of Visual Arts I really felt like I found my spot.”
In high school, Christina won several awards for art. She was a member of the National Art Honor Society and drama club, and designed and painted sets for school plays and annual high school "trick or treat street," all the while making Honor Roll. In her spare time, she volunteered at Studio E art school and for the Special Education Parent Teacher Association. Christina also received the President's Education Awards and Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.
Christina is described as having a strong commitment to her education, good communication skills and the ability to work well with others. She is a motivated, intelligent, passionate and creatively talented individual with a drive to succeed.
Christina comes from a long family line of law enforcement. Her father was a member of the Suffolk County Police Department disabled in the line of duty in 2003. Her grandfather was a member of the Fire Department of New York and died in the line of duty.
National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) is dedicated to helping the children of law enforcement officers and firefighters lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty. When the ultimate sacrifice has been made by a first responder, the Foundation believes it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that their children achieve their full potential as active citizens and thriving members of the community. Through grants, college scholarships and family-friendly events, the NLEAFCF serves the needs of these children across the country regardless of how long ago or how recent their loss. The Foundation’s long-term commitment is a promise to the people who defend and protect us, a major investment in our nation’s future and in tomorrow’s heroes.