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Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship

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History and Purpose:

Troy Douglas Carr graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the spring of 1992 and received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, Troy joined the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (A.L.E.) and settled in Fayetteville, N.C. On the morning of May 14, 1994, Agent Carr was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty. He was only 24 years old.

Agent Carr’s family and friends have established a scholarship fund in his memory.

2014 Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship Announcement

The Department of Sociology and Criminology invites all Criminology/Criminal Justice majors to apply for the Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is in recognition of ALE agent Troy Douglas Carr (UNCW Class of ‘92) who was killed in the line of duty in May1994. One recipient will be awarded a scholarship of $900 for the fall 2014 semester and $900 for the spring 2015 semester ($1,800 total scholarship). Students who are majoring in Criminology or Criminal Justice are eligible. Applicants are required to complete an application form and submit it with a short essay and other supporting documents by May 2, 2014.

  Application forms are available online:

Selection Criteria

Recipient will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • The award is available to a rising junior or senior pursuing a Criminology and/or Criminal Justice degree.
  • The student should possess a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5
  • The student must demonstrate the potential and character to serve the people of North Carolina in a law enforcement career.
  • The student must also show a history of volunteer involvement with law enforcement groups.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following items to the department office:
  • A completed application form
  • A 500-750 word essay based on the following prompt: Tell the selection committee about yourself, your volunteer and community service work (including any work with a law enforcement agency), and how the Troy Carr Scholarship will further your academic and career goals.
  • A recommendation letter by an active or retired law enforcement officer from North Carolina
  • Evidence of financial need, if applicable, but not required
  • Supporting documentation recommended but not required

Selection Process The scholarship committee may ask for a brief interview with final candidates and will announce the recipient of the scholarship by May 16, 2014.

* If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Shannon Santana, Chair, Scholarship Committee, 910-962-2426.

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