The IACP Foundation Scholarship
As a result of a significant, anonymous donation, the IACP Foundation is fortunate to offer an additional endowed scholarship that provides for assistance with tuition and fees in the amount of $2,500.00 annually to a successful applicant.
2012-2013 School Year Awardee
Mr. Hunter Riddlesperger, Hunter’s father, Officer David Wayne Riddlesperger of the City of Fultondale, Alabama, fell in the line of duty on October 31, 2011. Officer Riddlesperger was a veteran police officer having served with the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department for over twenty years followed by his duty with the City of Fultondale. His colleagues describe him as “making even bad assignments fun to work” and “never having a single doubt about his skills or abilities”. One partner described a SWAT incident in which David likely saved the lives of two other officers by “taking out both offenders with a single shot”.
Officer Riddlesperger died of a heart attack while on duty, and Hunter remembers him as, “serving the community by protecting and serving others”. From as far back as he can remember, Hunter has wanted to be a law enforcement officer and be a part of the world of policing, which he describes as “a huge family…serving together…working together...and watching each others’ backs”.
Hunter loves football and baseball, volunteers with efforts to assist the homeless, and is described as being the “mirror image of his dad” and with an “infectiously positive attitude”. He is attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
2011-2012 School Year Awardee
Ms. Erin Hunter - Attending Texas Christian University
Erin's father, Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter, served with the Grand Prairie, Texas Police Department for over 29 years when he was shot and killed in the line of duty while he and another officer investigated a suspicious vehicle at a local store.
Store employees had called police after noticing that a van had been parked in the parking lot all night long with its engine running. When the first officer arrived, he found all doors locked with no response from anyone inside the van. The officer requested his supervisor, Sergeant Greg Hunter, respond to the scene to approve unlocking the van to check on the welfare of any occupants. Sergeant Hunter and the officer made contact with the suspect, who gave Sergeant Hunter a false name and became increasingly evasive.
The other officer went to the passenger doors to block a possible escape route. At this time, the suspect suddenly opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Hunter. The other officer immediately went around to Sergeant Hunter's location and called for assistance. The subject then began firing at that officer, striking him twice in areas not protected by his vest. Despite being wounded, the officer was able to return fire and killed the suspect.
During the ensuing investigation, the United States Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives discovered in the van an SKS rifle, two handguns, a fused pipe bomb, a cache of ammunition and components from a partially assembled bomb. The suspect was determined to be the subject of a domestic restraining order and was prohibited by state and federal law from possessing any firearms. Additionally, he was a fugitive from justice and was awaiting trial in Kansas for narcotic and alcohol violations, criminal possession of a weapon, obstruction of legal process and criminal possession of tear gas.
Sergeant Hunter was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, sister, and aunt.
2010-2011 School Year Awardees
Ms. Myah Chancellor - Attending Stillman College
Myah's father, Charles Chancellor worked in law enforcement for over 25 years. On December 17, 2007, Charles was in his marked unit and stopped at a traffic light when he was struck from behind. He suffered severe damage to his back and as a result of his on duty injury, he retired on disability from the Jefferson County, Alabama Deputy Sheriff's Office.
Ms. Katie Paulson - Attending Montana State University
On July 6, 2002, Officer Ladd Paulson was working as a motorcycle officer with the Billings, Montana Police Department. As he was responding to a call with lights & siren, Officer Paulson was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling over 50 mph. He suffered multiple injuries including a skull fracture, six broken ribs, a crushed right leg, and massive internal injuries.
Officer Paulson retired with full disability from the department, but amazingly, after two years of healing and rehabilitation, Officer Paulson returned as a civilian contractor to the department serving as a motorcycle instructor. In a cruel twist of fate, he was again struck by a vehicle within a year of returning to work, resulting in additional injuries including the loss of use of his right arm.
2009-2010 School Year Awardees
Raven Hollins - Attending Xavier University of Louisiana
Raven's father, Detective John Smith of the Bastrop, Louisiana Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty while investigating a vehicle wanted in connection with a homicide in Texas.
Raven is pursuing a degree at Xavier University and hopes to become a bilingual pediatrician. She is very proud to honor her father's legacy and realizes that her father lived a life of service and died doing what he loved.
Taylor Fuhrmann - Attending University of California, Los Angeles
Taylor's father, Jerry Fuhrmann was a sworn officer with the Huntington Beach, CA Police Department for 19 years. While serving as a motor officer, he was struck by a drunk driver, suffering permanently disabling injuries including a skull fracture.
Taylor enjoys a challenge and is eager to discover new experiences in college, which will help her change her life and the lives of those around her.
2008-2009 School Year Awardee
Amanda Hogsten of Summerville, South Carolina.
Amanda’s father, Gary Hogsten, is a retired deputy sheriff from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida. Deputy Hogsten was struck by a vehicle and permanently disabled on Christmas morning in 1991 by a felony suspect fleeing the scene of a domestic argument.
Amanda is one of five children and is beginning her freshman year at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Many of Amanda’s letters of recommendation praise her tenacity and perseverance and she is eager to take her first step toward a life of higher learning; possibly pursing a career with the FBI!
2007-2008 School Year Awardee
Cheryl Schultz - Attended College of Santa Fe
(Cheryl is also a returning awardee for 2008-2009 under the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship)
Cheryl tells us, "On August 17, 2002 my husband dove into the Rio Grande to save a drowning boy. The boy survivived, but my husband Kevin did not. I need more education to provide for our son."