Dakota Podlaski, Explorer, Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Dakota Podlaski Memorial Scholarship

In loving memory of Dakota Podlaski, who was tragically killed in a drive by shooting, please consider making a charitable donation to the Dakota Podlaski Memorial Scholarship. From a very young age, Dakota wanted to become a police officer. From his first “police response” in full uniform, on his police power wheel tricycle, to visiting injured Rochester Police Department Officer DiPonzio in the hospital, to joining the Monroe County Police Explorers in high school, Dakota always wanted to protect and serve his community. The Dakota Podlaski Memorial Scholarship will support a Monroe Community College student aspiring to become a police officer.

Please help us keep Dakota’s memory alive by making a donation to the Dakota Podlaski Memorial Scholarship.

Please make your memorial gift online at www.monroecc.edu or Give Now.

If you wish to make a gift by phone or check, please send to: MCC Foundation, 1057 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 or call 585.292.3680.


The Criminal Justice Police Program at Monroe Community College offers the high level of professional training required for this challenging and rewarding field. The law & criminal justice department developed the criminal justice police program in collaboration with a county-wide advisory board, helping to ensure the most relevant and effective curriculum for a successful career as a police officer or other law enforcement agent. Students apply what they learn through an internship, enabling them to get workplace experience under the supervision of a public agency or private firm in the criminal justice field. Upon successful completion, our students will be ready to apply for law enforcement positions in many municipal organizations and select federal departments.

The Dakota Podlaski Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each October to a deserving student.