By Mark A. Marshall, Sheriff, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation
or the sixth consecutive year, the IACP Foundation is proud to announce the availability of the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship program. This program is the Foundation’s way of paying tribute to the dedicated law enforcement officers who have fallen or become permanently disabled in the line of duty. As we approach National Police Week, scheduled for May 13–19 this year, it is a meaningful time for the IACP Foundation to give back to members of the law enforcement family. We do this by providing three cash scholarship awards to the spouses and children of fallen or permanently disabled officers.
The Board of Directors of the IACP Foundation wishes to share the following poem, written by 2011 scholarship recipient Erin M. Hunter, surviving daughter of Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter, Grand Prairie, Texas, Police Department, who died on June 18, 2004. The IACP Foundation is pleased and humbled to have played a role in honoring Sergeant Hunter’s sacrifice.
By Erin M. Hunter
My hero’s gone but not forgotten,
His badge was 086;
The calling was to protect and serve,
His life, he willed to risk.
He wore the uniform, dark blue,
That showed his sergeant stripes;
He was a man of God, a shield,
Against the evil types.
And after work he’d greet me with
That smile that had no end;
My joy, my soul, my heart, my love,
My dad, my true best friend.
He’d scoop me up into his arms,
and sit me on his knee;
We’d read the Bible verse by verse
To grow more spiritually.
On June eighteenth, two thousand four,
A nightmare had occurred;
The sunny skies turned cold and dark,
I felt my soul had stirred.
True evil’s gun fired several times,
Demanding God’s gift’s end;
I lost my joy, my soul, my heart, my love,
My dad and true best friend.
The sirens sounded loud and clear,
The bellow of my cry;
To take him to the hospital,
In hopes he would not die.
The doctor said “I’m so sorry,”
“I did all I could try;”
No way in hell was I prepared,
To have to say goodbye.
It was not fair to me at all,
To pay the deepest price;
That thirty years of fighting crime,
Ends with selfless sacrifice.
Now every time a siren sounds,
Or we approach the month after May,
My deepest sorrow comes to mind,
My hero died that day.
Awards Available for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
The Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship. Through his professionalism, his dedication, and his 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. Retired IACP executive director Dan Rosenblatt and his wife, Lonie Hassel, have permanently endowed this scholarship, which will provide a $1,000 award to one recipient annually.
The Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship. For three generations, Blauer Manufacturing, Inc. has developed and manufactured 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 offers an endowed scholarship that provides for assistance with tuition and fees in the amount of $2,500 annually to one successful applicant.
How to Apply
The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependent family members by helping to defray costs for both undergraduate and graduate studies. The scholarship process is open to dependent family members of officers killed or permanently 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/technical institution.
The application process for the scholarship awards is now open, and the Foundation will be accepting submissions until the deadline date of Friday, June 1, 2012.
The SELECT application form, along with additional application criteria and deadline information, can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.theiacpfoundation.orgwww.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:
Mark A. Marshall, "Foundation SELECT Scholarship Application Process to Open Early," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 79 (April 2012): 10.