By Russell B. Laine, Chief, Algonquin, Illinois, Police Department; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation
or eleven months a year, law enforcement officers across the United States carry out a daily ritual of dedication, protection, and commitment to service in their communities. However, with the arrival of the month of May comes a singular opportunity for colleagues, friends, and family to recognize these officers as they step back from the day-to-day focus of their jobs to reflect on the meaning and significance of being a part of professional policing.
National Police Week, May 9-15, 2010, is an especially appropriate time for the IACP Foundation to continue its three-year tradition of providing tuition assistance through the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship program. The SELECT program was established to honor the contribution made by law enforcement officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray costs for undergraduate and graduate studies. The scholarship process is open to dependant family members, such as spouses and children under 26 years of age, of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Applicants must be high school graduates or in possession of a high school equivalency diploma and must be registered to attend an accredited undergraduate or graduate college or post–high school vocational or technical institution.
Last year’s SELECT recipients reflect a diverse and powerful series of stories that display the true nature of sacrifice in the law enforcement profession: Raven Hollins, whose father, Detective John Smith of the Bastrop, Louisiana, Police Department, was killed in the line of duty while investigating a homicide; Taylor Fuhrmann, whose father, Officer Jerry Fuhrmann of the Huntington Beach, California, Police Department, was struck and permanently disabled by a drunk driver; Severin Erickson, whose father, Trooper Byron Erickson of the Michigan Department of State Police, died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash; and Michael “Lukey” Woods, whose father, Michael Woods of the Diplomatic Security Service, was permanently disabled in the line of duty.
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|Raven Hollins||Taylor Fuhrmann||Severin Erikson||Michael Lukey Woods|
The IACP Foundation is proud to demonstrate its appreciation for the dedicated members of its law enforcement family by awarding three scholarships for the 2010–2011 academic year.
The Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship
Through his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Chief Dave Cameron of the Jackson, Wyoming, Police Department influenced law enforcement throughout his career as well as during his tenure on the IACP Executive Committee.
IACP Executive Director Dan Rosenblatt and his wife, Lonie Hassel, have chosen 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.
The Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship
For three generations, Blauer Manufacturing Incorporated has developed and manufactured high-performance, protective uniform apparel for the public safety market. Founded by Louis Blauer in the early 1930s, the company’s leadership passed onto sons Maurice and Charles Blauer in the 1950s. Today, Charles’s children, Michael, Stephen, Bill, and Sharyn, actively and passionately run the organization and are proud partners of both the IACP and the IACP Foundation.
Endowed by the Blauer family in honor of their parents, Charles and Claire Blauer, this scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to one recipient annually.
The IACP Foundation Scholarship
As a result of a significant, anonymous donation, and through the continued support of donations from the IACP membership, 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.
How to Apply
The SELECT application form, along with additional application criteria and deadline information, can be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site at www.theiacpfoundation.org. Every application received will be considered for all three scholarship opportunities listed above. ■
|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.|
Please cite as:
Russell B. Laine, "IACP Foundation: Foundation Pays Tribute to Heroes through Scholarship," The Police Chief 77 (May 2010): 10,
http://policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=2090&issue_id=52010 (insert access date).