KY-LAW-ENFORCEMTHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (4/21/14) — A total of $28,000 in scholarships was awarded to 25 students across Kentucky by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

Kendall Orange of Hanson, Madisonville Community College, was among those recipients.

The Gerald F. Healy Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarships were awarded to telecommunicators, law enforcement officers' dependents and survivors of officers killed in the line of duty. Telecommunicators and officers' dependents were awarded $1,000 toward the fall 2014 semester and officers' survivors received $2,000.

The scholarships help support students at 15 Kentucky colleges and universities, and one out of state university.

Founded in 1999, The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation's original purpose was to build a memorial that would honor all Kentucky officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Once the monument was completed in 2000, the organization expanded its efforts to include a financial endowment program, which helps Kentucky peace officers and their families with educational, medical and emergency relief.

In 2004, the foundation created this scholarship program to help law enforcement officers, dispatchers and their families pay for college.

It is restricted to law enforcement officers and dispatch personnel (current, retired or disabled) and their survivors or dependents. The scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university, including two year and community colleges and may also be used for attendance at recognized or certified vocational or trade schools. Students do not have to major in law enforcement or criminal justice to be eligible for the scholarship.

"The goal of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has always been to honor and help the officers of this state," said KLEMF Executive Director Drexel Neal. "I cannot think of a better way to honor the fallen heroes of the past and our officers of today than to help educate their survivors, their comrades and their dependents for a better future."

Gerald F. Healy was a founding member of the KLEMF organization and served on the board of directors until his death in January 2009. The owner of 14 McDonald's franchises in central Kentucky, Healy embraced the philosophy of giving back to the community and was instrumental in starting the KLEMF college scholarship program.

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