A 2017-2018 Phillips Alumni Scholar
2017-2018 Alumni Scholar Matthew Zienkiewicz (George Mason University ’21) dedicated over 500 hours to his community through the Smithfield Police Explorers Program, in his hometown of Smithfield, Rhode Island. Matthew told us, “I have always respected men and women in uniform and admired them for their service to our country and community… As a young Explorer I have met many influential police officers who took interest in me and my pursuit of a law enforcement career. Some of them became my mentors and guided me… I have learned how to discipline myself in order to set and accomplish goals, which helped me balance my high school career, part time job, and community service.”
His involvement with the Smithfield Police Explorers Program included working on traffic details during town events, educating young children about bike safety, and living on a military base for a week each summer to experience police academy training. Reflecting on these experiences, Matthew attributes them with “instilling the core values of discipline, stress management, uniformity, and honor.”
This fall Matthew started college at George Mason University in Virginia. Matthew looks forward to continuing his progress towards a career in law enforcement: “While majoring in Criminology, I will also work to receive a concentration study within Homeland Security by completing classes such as Community Policing, Theory and Politics of Terrorism, Constitutional Law, and Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society,” he said.