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Police Present Memorial Scholarship

June 14, 2017
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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The Chesterfield County Police Department announced today that this year's Craig Rath Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Swift Creek Elementary School student.

Chesterfield County Police Lt. Jason Seamster and Child Safety Officer Debbie Wessel presented James Collins with the award in front of his parents and peers during the school's fifth-grade celebration. James received a $250 check and a letter from Col. Thierry G. Dupuis, along with a certificate in memory of Officer Craig Rath.

James is the 18th winner of the scholarship created to honor Rath, who was killed on May 27, 1999, as a result of a traffic crash while he was on duty. Rath was an officer with the department's Street Drug Enforcement Section.

Fifth-grade students apply for the scholarship by submitting a letter to the chief of police. Applicants are asked to outline how they can keep their schools and communities safe with information they have learned through the Success Through Education and Proactive Policing program (STEPP), how students and police can partner to improve the quality of schools and neighborhoods and how fifth-grade students can become winners in the fight against drugs.

06-14-17 Police Present Memorial Scholarship 

From left: Lt. Jason Seamster, James Collins, Swift Creek Elementary School Principal Peggy Innes and Child Safety Officer Debbie Wessel. 



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