First-ever Kerrie Orozco scholarship awarded to Council Bluffs student

Posted at 8:55 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 11:20:10-04

The first-ever Kerrie Orozco Memorial Scholarship through the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation has been awarded.

On May 3, the first $500 scholarship was awarded to Emma Seilstad of Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. 

The photo above shows from left to right, Kerrie's aunt Judy Griffin, Kerrie's friend Julie Nash, Seilstad, Kerrie's mother Ellen Holtz and Kerrie's grandmother Geraldine Russmann.

The scholarship endowment fund at PCCF is administered by the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation. Each donation to a PCCF fund receives an added 10% contribution, funded by the Iowa West Foundation.

Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco died on May 20, 2015 in the line of duty. She grew up in Walnut and most recently lived in Council Bluffs. The PCCF says she "exemplified a passion for helping other, believed strongly in teamwork, and had a strong drive to get things done...and this scholarship is intended to reflect those characteristics into future generations."

To donate to the Kerrie Orozco Memorial Fund scholarship, you can go to