MCC Student from Hanson One of 25 Scholarship Winners
RICHMOND, Ky. – A total of $28,000 in scholarships was awarded to 25 students across Kentucky by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships were awarded to telecommunicators, law enforcement officers’ dependents and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. Telecommunicators and officers’ dependents were awarded $1,000 toward the fall 2014 semester and officers’ survivors received $2,000.
The scholarships help support students at 15 Kentucky colleges and universities, and one out of state university.
Founded in 1999, The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation’s original purpose was to build a memorial that would honor all Kentucky officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Once the monument was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include a financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency relief.
In 2004, the foundation created this scholarship program to help law enforcement officers, dispatchers and their families pay for college. It is restricted to law enforcement officers and dispatch personnel (current, retired or disabled) and their survivors or dependents. The scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university, including two-year and community colleges and may also be used for attendance at recognized or certified vocational or trade schools. Students do not have to major in law enforcement or criminal justice to be eligible for the scholarship.
“The goal of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has always been to honor and help the officers of this state,” said KLEMF Executive Director Drexel Neal. “I cannot think of a better way to honor the fallen heroes of the past and our officers of today than to help educate their survivors, their comrades and their dependents for a better future.”
Gerald F. Healy was a founding member of the KLEMF organization and served on the board of directors until his death in January 2009. The owner of 14 McDonald’s franchises in central Kentucky, Healy embraced the philosophy of giving back to the community and was instrumental in starting the KLEMF college scholarship program.
Fall 2014 semester Gerald F. Healy scholarship recipients are: Hannah East of Hazard, Berea College Holly McFarland of Georgetown, Blue Grass Community Tech Carissa Smith of Ashland, Ashland Community and Technical College Kendall Orange of Hanson, Madisonville Community College Rachel Smith of Bowling Green, University of Kentucky Justin Nichols of Louisville, Kentucky Wesleyan College Austin Sanford or Russellville, Murray State University Chance Palmiter of Philpot, University of Louisville Nicholas Early of Cumberland, University of Louisville Brandi Mundo* of Louisville, University of Louisville Emily Sticklin* of Dover, Northern Kentucky University Mary Sticklin* of Dover, Miami University Bailey Latham of Elizabethtown, Morehead State University Bailey Holder of Jamestown, Somerset Community College Slade Adams of Mount Sterling, University of Kentucky Benjamin Kramer of Erlanger, Northern Kentucky University Dennis Humbert of Walton, Northern Kentucky University Hillary Kelley of Leburn, Hazard Community College Rebecca Keen of Glasgow, Western Kentucky University Melissa Martin of Frankfort, Murray State University Amelia Hyatt of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University Kayla Hall of Cave City, University of Kentucky Dylan Phillippi of Somerset, Western Kentucky University Kolby Richardson of Frankfort, Eastern Kentucky University Milton Spalding II of Bardstown, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College