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Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship

 Troy Carr 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.

Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients

Lisa C Osmundsen 1994-1995

Jasper Smith 2003-2004

Travis Musselman 2014-2015

Walter James McDonald 1995-1996

Michael Casey 2004-2005

Brian Louis Wilson 2015-2016

Matthew C Causey 1996-1997

Wilbert Artis 2005-2006

William Michael Scarbrough 2016-2017 

Brian Dwight Powers 1997-1998

Jeff Desjardins 2006-2007

Gabriella Holdridge 2017-2018

Michelle L Ashmus 1998-1999

Brendan Roth 2007-2008

Cole River Gray 2018-2019

Mandy Louise Difelice 1999-2000

Adonicca McAllister 2008-2009

Timothy Bryer Powers 2019-2020

Natasha Markovich 2000-2001

Kevin S Whitley 2010-2011

Crystal Nicole Beaulieu 2020-2021

Kristin D Grigerick 2001-2002

Caroline Sferruzzo 2011-2012

Aaron Michael Schwartz 2021-2022

Scott Livengood 2002-2003

Tyler Michael McCarty 2013-2014

Ellen Grace Russo 2022-2023



 Troy Douglas Carr Memorial Scholarship Announcement

Department of Sociology and Criminology


The Department of Sociology and Criminology invites all criminology majors to apply for the Troy Carr Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is in recognition ALE agent Troy Carr (UNCW Class of '92) who was killed in the line of duty in May, 1994. One recipient will be awarded a scholarship. Students who are majoring in criminology or criminal justice are eligible. Applicants are required to complete an application form. 
Application forms are available here: 

Troy Carr Application 

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, scholarship application

We encourage students to complete both the general scholarship application, as well as the department-specific portions of the application to answer questions related to the scholarship offered by our department majors. 

Applications open December 1st through March 1st 2020 

Selection Criteria

Recipient will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • The award is available to a rising junior or senior pursuing the BA degree in Criminology.
  • The student should possess a minimum GPA 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.