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IACP Foundation: Grantham University and the IACP Foundation to Offer Three Scholarships in Support of Law Enforcement Officers

By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation



n continuation of its dedication to the professional development needs of law enforcement command staff, the IACP Foundation is pleased to announce that it has again joined forces with Grantham University in Kansas City, Missouri, to offer three full scholarships to the university. The scholarships, valued at a total of $108,000, will cover tuition costs, required textbooks, software, and fees for the recipients to earn their undergraduate or graduate degrees at Grantham.

An educational partner of the IACP and the Foundation since 2004, Grantham University meets the educational needs of working adult students, and its 100 percent online degree programs are flexible and portable, allowing students to fit education into their lives instead of arranging their lives around the course offerings.

The application process for the three scholarship spots opened on the Foundation’s website and on Grantham’s website on Wednesday, June 1, and will conclude on Monday, August 29. Scholarship recipients will be announced in late September.


About the Scholarships

The Foundation is proud to both honor and support our active law enforcement officers who continue to pursue higher education and advance their leadership and management skills. Through this partnership with Grantham, the Foundation is able to pay tribute to a diverse representation of tomorrow’s leaders in professional policing.


Celebrating Women: The Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship. In celebration of the critical role of women in law enforcement, and particularly in leadership capacities, the Foundation and Grantham are pleased to offer the Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship. By recognizing one outstanding female officer in law enforcement, this scholarship provides continuing educational opportunities for women and enhances access to career opportunities as the successful candidate achieves her goal of earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Grantham.


Honoring Veterans: The Combat Veterans in Law Enforcement Scholarship. The Foundation and Grantham are strong advocates of assisting returning combat veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life. Veterans’ contributions to the safety and security of the United States, combined with their tremendous experience and expertise, make them invaluable assets to law enforcement agencies both large and small. The Combat Veterans in Law Enforcement Scholarship will be awarded to one active law enforcement officer who has served in the military and has been honorably discharged or who is currently serving in a reserve status.


Strengthening the United States: The IACP Scholarship. In honor of all law enforcement officers’ service to national, state, local, and tribal communities, Grantham University announces its dedication of one annual, general IACP Scholarship, recognizing one outstanding law enforcement officer who is making a significant impact to an agency or in a community. The IACP Scholarship is open to all active duty law enforcement officers as a tribute to the strength and sacrifice demonstrated by their commitment to life on the thin blue line.

Interested applicants must be active full-time law enforcement officers; must meet the university’s minimum admissions requirements; and must fully complete the application, including the submission of an essay outlining personal and professional goals and explaining why the applicant is pursuing the chosen degree program.

With these scholarships, the IACP and Grantham University look forward to continuing to offer the most committed law enforcement officers the opportunity to advance their education and careers, in turn bringing new ideas and expertise to homeland security and the protection of local communities.


About Grantham

Grantham University is one of the oldest private, accredited degree-granting distance education universities in the United States and is now in its 60th year of providing distance education to the adult learner.

Grantham University has been continuously accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since 1961. All programs of instruction offered by Grantham have been examined by independent, objective subject matter experts and have been found to meet or exceed the Accrediting Commission’s published academic and ethical standards.

The university offers a variety of associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in areas such as business administration, business management, computer science, criminal justice, engineering technology, health sciences, information systems security, and medical coding and billing.

In addition to the scholarship program, IACP members can take advantage of the first responder’s special tuition rate of $250 per credit hour at Grantham, which includes a textbook and software grant that covers the cost of required textbooks and software. For information, visit http://www.grantham.edu/tuition/scholarships/first-responders-scholarship. ■


Please cite as:

Michael J. Carroll, "Grantham University and the IACP Foundation to Offer Three Scholarships in Support of Law Enforcement Officers," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 78 (June 2011): 12.


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.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 6, June 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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