By Russell B. Laine, Chief of Police, Algonquin, Illinois; First Vice President, IACP; and Member of the IACP Foundation Board
uring the month of May, the law enforcement family joins together to memorialize the service and sacrifice of every trooper, officer, and deputy through the activities of National Police Week in Washington, D.C.
The IACP has played a role in these events for many years, and the IACP Foundation is both proud and honored to join the ranks of supporters by continuing its educational scholarship program, which provides financial aid for dependent family members of officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
The Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) program was established to recognize the contribution made by law enforcement officers by supporting the continuing education needs of their loved ones. There are currently four scholarships offered annually, two of which are endowed and two of which are provided as a result of donations made to the IACP Foundation.
Each endowed scholarship provides a one-time $1,000 award to qualified applicants and are generously endowed as follows: the Chief Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship, contributed by IACP executive director Dan Rosenblatt and his wife Lonie Hassel; and the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship, contributed by the Blauer family of Blauer Manufacturing Company, Inc. The two remaining IACP Foundation Scholarships provide a one-time $2,500 award to qualified applicants and are available as a result of the generous support of IACP Foundation donors.
IACP Foundation Scholarship Series
The SELECT educational scholarships represent just one of three elements that constitute the IACP Foundation’s Scholarship Series. Grantham University, an online university that allows students to study at their own pace, has graciously provided support for continuing professional development for law enforcement officers through the donation of a one-year full scholarship, including tuition, books, and software. Additionally, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety has provided two full scholarships for their prestigious 10-week School of Police Staff and Command, including room and board, on-site in Evanston, Illinois.
Support for the IACP Foundation’s programs comes from the IACP membership as well as the generous support of its corporate and educational partners, who have demonstrated a vested interest in the advancement of professional policing.
2007 Scholarship Recipients
Applications for 2008 scholarships are now under review and will be announced in early summer 2008. The eligibility requirements and the application process can be viewed at www.theiacpfoundation.org under “Foundation Scholarships.”
The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. Federal Tax ID #54-1576762 ■