The Wilmington Police Department announced Wednesday they've donated $5,000 to CFCC to establish "Send a Cop to College" scholarships.
The scholarships, available for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, are to meant encourage Wilmington Police Department officers and personnel to enroll in or return to college and earn an associate's degree at Cape Fear Community College.
"We believe that higher education helps to shape the minds of future leaders in law enforcement," says Ralph Evangelous, chief of police. "We are grateful for this partnership with CFCC. These scholarships will help open the door for police personnel who are interested in advancing their careers."
The scholarships will be available to CFCC students in the associate of arts and associate of sciences college-transfer programs, as well as students studying criminal justice, business, or paralegal studies.
Applicants may be WPD employees or dependents of employees who are members of the Police Recreation Association.
"This is an outstanding way for the Wilmington Police Department to support their future colleagues," says Margaret Robison, vice president for institutional advancement at Cape Fear Community College. "We enjoy a wonderful relationship with the WPD, and are so happy to be an integral part of the training of many members of our local police force."
The "Send a Cop to College" scholarships were funded by the Wilmington Police Recreation Association through its inaugural celebrity dinner fundraiser in April.
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