Applications are no longer being accepted for 2014. Thank you to the 40 applicants we received!

The Officer Sean A. Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship

On April 18, 2013 the MIT Police lost a brother and a friend, Officer Sean Collier.  In order to honor him in the best way they know how they set up a scholarship fund that would send one self-sponsored recruit (MIT Self Sponsor) through the Lowell Police Academy (LPA) annually (the Scholarship) as a student officer.  Officer Collier self-sponsored himself through the Transit Academy in order to start his law enforcement career.  This recruit will have the honor of wearing MIT’s Patch in Officer Sean Collier’s memory.  June 2, 2014 will mark the inauguration of this great Scholarship.

Scholarship Requirements: Applicant must:

  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Have received a Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in Criminal Justice from a college or university
  • Demonstrate community involvement,
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development,
  • Be able to meet all of the LPA’s entrance requirements:
    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license
    • Have no felony convictions
    • Pass a medical exam based on HRD requirements
    • Pass the Physical Abilities Test
    • Pass a background investigation 

Application Process:  Applicant must submit a package consisting of:

  • A resume
  • A letter of intent, describing how the applicant has served, and will serve, as an exemplary role model that would distinguish him/her from other applicants and honor the memory of Officer Collier
  • Two (2) letters of reference

Process for 2014 Officer Sean A. Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship:  Applications due by February 7, 2014

  • Scholarship Committee will narrow applications based on above requirements
  • Finalists will be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee
  • The Scholarship Committee will award The Officer Sean A. Collier Self-Sponsor Scholarship to one person 

** ALL application packages must be submitted in PDF form via email to: collierscholarship@mit.edu , NO LATER THAN February 7, 2014.**

*PLEASE NOTE: AWARD OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE LPA PROGRAM AS A SELF SPONSOR DOES NOT GUARANTEE EMPLOYMENT AT ANY POLICE DEPARTMENT.