The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial, founded by Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, is establishing a new college scholarship program for the children and spouses of Michigan police and firefighters who died in the line of duty, beginning in 2023.
The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Scholarship Program, which is funded by private contributors, is open to graduating high school seniors or current students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college, university, vocational or technical school, or a certification or work training program.
Award amounts will vary depending on the number of applicants and may be used for tuition, books or room and board.
The scholarship program honors the mission of the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial by providing support to the survivors/family members who lost a loved one in the line of duty.
“Part of the purpose and intent when we built the first statewide, combined police and fire memorial in the country, was to ensure that those brave men and women were never forgotten,” Bouchard said. “It is also important that their family knew of the ongoing reverence and appreciation. This additional step allows us to support the children that are so horrifically impacted by losing a parent in the line of duty. Supporting their efforts for a better future is an exciting opportunity for us.”
“The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial has done a phenomenal job of honoring those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as recognizing their loved ones left behind,” said Arlene O’Rourke, mother of fallen officer Sgt. Patrick O’Rourke of the West Bloomfield Police Department. “This scholarship is another way of showing compassion and concern as well as easing burdens along the way.”
Those interested in the scholarship must complete a simple online application as well as a brief statement of interest. Applicants may submit an additional statement demonstrating how the award advances their educational aspirations as well as their circumstances or need.
Applicants should apply at michiganfallenheroes.com/scholarship by July 30. Applications will be reviewed by the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Scholarship Committee. Awards will be announced by mid-August and presented on Aug. 21 at the 20th anniversary Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club in Independence Township.