George Aranda Leadership Scholarship
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Scholars must also commit to participate as an ambassador for the Blue Guardian Foundation and its events. Upon completion of the leadership courses, the scholar will be required to develop an idea for an organization that strives to promote interpersonal relationships within their department or community in essay form and submit it to the Blue Guardian Foundation.
The strength of any department or organization often comes from the strength of its leadership. The George Aranda Leadership Scholarship targets bright, driven and committed law enforcement officers from across the country to offer them the opportunity to improve their leadership skills. Each scholar is provided with $2,500 to be applied towards courses which will educate and prepare leaders on servant leadership, building effective organizations, decision making and problem solving, handling departmental budgets, LE professional development, supervisor training, social responsibility, and communication skills.
About George Aranda
George Aranda has served the community at large as a law enforcement officer since 1993. Though he has served the community in many roles and capacities, interpersonally he is known for his outstanding leadership skills. Mr. Aranda understands the importance of an education and attended Southwest Texas State, Brookhaven Community College, the University of Texas at Arlington and Mountain State University to obtain his. Additionally, he has completed several leadership courses himself, which are too numerous to list, but include Police Leadership and Supervision, Toxic Leadership, Recruiting Minorities into Law Enforcement, Promotion and Assessment Training, Management in Law Enforcement, Public Speaking and Presentation, FLETC Leadership training, and non-profit grant writing, to name a few.
Mr. Aranda’s goal as a leader has always been to motivate, guide, develop and maintain the effectiveness of the unit he oversees to ensure the unit’s dedication to be responsible and work safely and efficiently. He started his career as a patrol officer and was promoted to serve within various areas including the Gang Unit, the Drug Task Force, the FBI Task Force, Personnel Division Recruiting Unit and the Federal Texas Anti-Gang Center. He has also provided security detail for First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and Trammell Crow. His list of awards and achievements include CPI Leadership, Master Peace Officer, the NLPOA 2004 & 2013 Presidential Achievement Award, the NALEO 2008 Leadership Award, the U.S. Department of Justice Award in 2008 for Operation Kottonmouth and 2009 for Operation Longhorn-Rico, a Perfect Attendance Award, Marksmanship Award, and the D.E.A. Certificate of Appreciation for Operation Phat City, to name a few.
Mr. Aranda is also one of the Founders of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization (NLLEO). The NLLEO was
created to provide members with promotional training, leadership training, mentorship, legal counsel for scope of
duty incidents, and much more. The NLLEO is committed to provide an all-inclusive professional organization with
transparency and immediate communication. Though the name of the organization has the word Latino in it, it was
created to provide a law enforcement organization that is all inclusive regardless of race, sex, and religion and is
quickly becoming the largest Latino law enforcement organization across the country to include local, state, and
federal agencies. The Blue Guardian Foundation was founded as part of The NLLEO and its Greater Dallas Chapter to
provide financial assistance to law enforcement officers and their families across the country who have faced the loss of
life or income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event.