Annual Scholarship Awards
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Students applying to the IACLEA Scholarship Awards Program must meet the following qualifications for consideration:
be currently enrolled full-time at an IACLEA member institution;
be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree;
be employed in some capacity by the campus security/public safety/police department at the member institution;
have a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average for all college course work to date;
demonstrate merit and a need deserving of IACLEA scholarship support;
and receive the recommendation of the IACLEA Institutional Representative at the applicant's institution.
Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2008.
Only complete applications will be forwarded to the Awards and Recognition Committee for consideration. Each application must include the following items:
IACLEA Application for Scholarship Award
IACLEA Institutional Representative Recommendation (this person is usually the Chief/Director - please email
if you need to verify the name of the Institutional Representative)
Two letters of reference from current faculty members who are NOT members of the campus security/public safety/police department. Additional letters of reference from faculty and/or campus security/public safety/police department staff may be included but are not required.
One certified copy of current transcript. Transcript from high school senior year is permissible for nominees who are college freshmen. Faxed transcript copies will not be accepted.
Hand-written essay - not typed on a computer - addressing his/her need and why he/she is deserving of IACLEA scholarship support.
If you have questions about these scholarships and/or eligibility, please contact Chris Blake at
This year, IACLEA will award two scholarships: one IACLEA scholarship and one James L. McGovern Scholarship. Each is a one-time award of $750.00.
To continue the memory of James L. McGovern, IACLEA's Executive Director from 1975 - 1984, who passed away on February 25, 1992, IACLEA established a scholarship fund. Edward T. Kassinger, IACLEA president from 1974-75 and retired Director of Security from the University of Georgia contributed the first generous check in 1992. The Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association followed with a $200.00 contribution.
In 1994, IACLEA began its tradition of holding a Silent Auction at the Annual Conference to endow the Fund. IACLEA greatly appreciates the efforts of all that have contributed in promoting law enforcement while continuing the memory of James L. McGovern. 1998's auction in Toronto endowed the Fund and enabled IACLEA to present the first annual James L. McGovern Scholarship.
In 2002, the Board of Directors voted to create the Mary Voswinkel Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of the long-time Chief of Police at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The Board specified that the scholarship would be awarded to a female student who intended to pursue a career in law enforcement and met all other IACLEA scholarship criteria. The Silent Auction proceeds were donated to endow this scholarship fund. At the 2007 auction in Las Vegas, the Voswinkel Scholarship became fully endowed and the first one will be awarded at the 2008 Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut.
Scholarship checks will be payable jointly to the recipient and his/her institution. This assures that the scholarship will be used only for tuition, room, books or other services provided by the institution. As a practical matter, graduating seniors whose college/university expenses have been fully paid by February 1 of the graduating year cannot use an IACLEA scholarship unless they plan to enter graduate school. The name of the graduate school to which the check should be payable must be noted on the application form.
Scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipients' Institutional Representatives during February. Details of the scholarship awards will be published in the March/April Campus Law Enforcement Journal and posted on the IACLEA Web site.
Recipients' Institutional Representatives will be notified in May 2008.