By Major General Joseph C. Carter, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; Chair, IACP Foundation; and Immediate Past President, IACP
ne of the most rewarding of the IACP Foundation’s programs is the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship series, which was established to recognize the contribution made by law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependent family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies.
Concurrent with the professional development scholarships highlighted in September’s issue of the Police Chief, a subcommittee of the IACP Foundation board received and reviewed numerous applications for the SELECT scholarships and is pleased to announce that three very deserving family members will benefit from the following awards for the 2008–2009 academic year.
Chief Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship
The first scholarship honors Dave Cameron, who served as chief of police in Jackson, Wyoming, from 1992
until his untimely passing in April 2001. Through his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Chief Cameron influenced the law enforcement profession throughout his career as well as during his tenure on the IACP Executive Committee. IACP executive director Dan Rosenblatt and his wife Lonie Hassel chose to demonstrate their support of the IACP Foundation and the SELECT program by permanently endowing this scholarship, which will provide a $1,000 award to one recipient annually.
This year’s beneficiary of the Chief Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship is Carey Johnson, a returning student at the University of Texas at Tyler. Carey’s mother was an officer with the Texas Department of Corrections until 2003, when she was assaulted in the line of duty, resulting in a permanently disabling brain injury. Carey, a member of the National Honor Society, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, and soccer.
Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship
Endowed by the Blauer family of Blauer Manufacturing Company, Incorporated—in honor of their parents,
Charles and Claire Blauer—the second scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to one recipient annually. This year’s beneficiary of the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship is Cheryl Schultz, who received one of the first foundation scholarships awarded in 2007–2008.
Cheryl is the president of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) New Mexico and is the surviving spouse of Officer Kevin Schultz, who worked for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department and the Pojoaque Tribal Police. Officer Schultz gave his life while rescuing a drowning 12-year-old boy from the Rio Grande. The boy survived, but Officer Schultz did not, leaving behind Cheryl and their son Kaegan. Cheryl is a returning student to the University of New Mexico and hopes, through her continuing education and compelling work with the C.O.P.S. New Mexico organization, to build a more solid future for her family.
IACP Foundation Scholarship
As a result of a significant anonymous donation, the IACP Foundation is fortunate to offer an additional
endowed scholarship that provides for assistance with tuition and fees in the amount of $2,500 annually to a successful applicant. This year’s IACP Foundation Scholarship recipient is Amanda Hogsten of Summerville, South Carolina. Amanda’s father, Gary Hogsten, is a retired deputy sheriff from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida. Deputy Hogsten was struck by a vehicle and permanently disabled on Christmas morning in 1991 by a felony suspect fleeing the scene of a domestic argument.
Amanda is one of five children and is beginning her freshman year at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Many of Amanda’s letters of recommendation praise her tenacity and perseverance, and she is eager to take her first step toward a life of higher learning—possibly pursuing a career with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The board and the staff of the IACP Foundation offer sincere congratulations to all three of this year’s scholarship recipients. Only through the generous contributions and endowments of supporters is the foundation able to provide ongoing assistance to the families of the men and women of the law enforcement family. ■
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. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.