Seniors pursuing law enforcement-related fields may apply for Neil Thompson Scholarship

Neil Thompson

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Patrolman Neil Thompson Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior who attends school in LaPorte County, will be graduating in Spring 2017, and will be studying criminal justice or a law enforcement-related field in college.

Patrolman Thompson was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 21, 1980, during the pursuit of a stolen ambulance, the only line-of-duty death in the department’s history.

In 2015 the scholarship fund, created in the 1980s to support college-bound family members of sheriff’s office employees, was opened up to include one student who is not related to the sheriff’s office.

Graduating seniors must complete an application, provide confirmation of acceptance to an accredited college or university, and submit an essay of no fewer than 500 words explaining why they want to serve as a police officer or in a related field. Applications may be picked up at the front desk of the sheriff’s office in LaPorte or from any of the department’s school resource officers.

Questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to Captain Michael Kellems at the sheriff’s office, 219.326.7700 extension 2327, or via email at

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