Wilmington Police Department establishes “Send a Cop to College” scholarships at CFCC

August 1st, 2014 by Sonya Johnson


Lieutenant Kathy Cochran, Chief Ralph Evangelous, and Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham of the Wilmington Police Department, along with event sponsor Jim Hurley of Hanover Federal Credit Union, present a check to Cape Fear Community College’s Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of instructional services, and Mr. Dave Conklin, chair of the public service department. The gift will establish several scholarships to encourage officers and personnel of the WPD to earn associate’s degrees at CFCC.

On Monday, July 14, several officers from the Wilmington Police Department gathered in the lobby of Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station building to present the College with a $5,000 check to fund several “Send a Cop to College” scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. CFCC’s Union Station building stands on the site of the former Wilmington Police Department headquarters, which made it a fitting location to commemorate the occasion.

The “Send a Cop to College” scholarships have been established to 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 future leaders in law enforcement,” says Ralph Evangelous, chief of police. “We are grateful for our partnership with CFCC. These scholarships will open the door to educating and shaping the minds of police personnel who are interested in advancing their careers in the field of law enforcement.”

 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 through the hard work of the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, who planned and hosted its inaugural celebrity dinner fundraiser in April 2014, allowing local residents and sponsors to dine with well-known film actors, athletes, pageant queens and performers.

The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is dedicated to the advancement of the Wilmington Police Department’s image and the well-being of the community. The Association achieves this purpose through sponsorship of youth athletic teams, providing holiday food baskets for the elderly and needy, public education and safety projects, and other charitable contributions.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, instructors, programs and mission of the College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, gifts-in-kind for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, or about scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207 or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation


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