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Scholarships

TACUPA is proud to offer scholarship awards programs for law enforcement professionals working in the college and university environments.  Applicants for the Frank I. Cornwall Scholarship or the General Scholarship must be licensed peace officers employed full-time with a university law enforcement agency as defined by Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures, and that agency must be a part of a member institution.  All applicants must possess a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, be currently enrolled at a university with a degree plan, and must be making progress toward either a Bachelors or Masters degree.  All three academic scholarships are in the amount of $500. 


Applicants must complete and sign an application, obtain their Chief's/Director's signature on the application, and submit a resume, a college transcript, and a one-page essay outlining career aspirations (not to exceed 500 words).  All documents are to be scanned and emailed to the Membership and Nominations Committee at khooten@dcccd.edu no later than October 11, 2019.

The deadline for submitting applications for this year's scholarships is October 11, 2019. 

 

Additional information about the scholarships can be found here.

Thomas Engells Memorial Award for Excellence

 

For the first time, nominations are being accepted for the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA) Thomas Engells Memorial Award for Excellence to an outstanding employee of a campus police agency.  Professional staff (non-sworn) employees of university police agencies are eligible for this award.

 

Thomas Engells had a distinguished 35-year career in law enforcement, ultimately serving as Police Chief of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  He was twice selected as Police Chief of the Year within the UT System and was also named TACUPA Administrator of the Year in 2006.  Tom was recognized as an international expert in biosecurity, and authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on ethics, leadership and homeland security.  Chief Engells died unexpectedly at the age of 59 in 2018.  The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators chose to name this memorial award in his honor.

University of Texas Medical Branch Sr. Administrative Support Associate Latonya Nunn was the 2018 recipient for the Thomas Engells Memorial Award for Excellence Award.

 

Information about criteria for the award can be found here.

Larry W. Fultz Memorial Award for Excellence

 

Each year the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA) presents the Larry W. Fultz Memorial Award for Excellence to an outstanding campus police officer.

 

Larry W. Fultz was a retired Inspector for the City of Houston Police Department, an Attorney at Law, the head of Juvenile for Harris County, and the principal author of the current Juvenile and Family Code of the State of Texas. He became the Director of Security at the University of Houston and immediately became active in the promotion and development of campus policing in the State of Texas.

 

Trinity University Police Department - Sergeant Clint Ratliff was the 2018 recipient of the Larry W. Fultz Award. 

 

Information about criteria for the award can be found here.

Bill G. Daniels Award for Outstanding Administrator

 

Each year the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA)

presents the Bill G. Daniels Award for Outstanding Administrator to a Police Chief or Director

of Security or Public Safety nominated by his or her institution’s President or CEO and selected

by the Awards Committee of the Association based on the information provided in the

nomination letter. The Association is soliciting nominations for this year’s Award and requests

that you give consideration to nominating your institution’s Chief or Director for this

recognition.

 

Texas A&M University Police Chief Michael Ragan was the 2018 recipient of the Bill G. Daniels Award.

 

Information about criteria for the award can be found here.

Frank I. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship


This TACUPA memorial scholarship is named in honor of Frank I. Cornwall who served as the Director of Police
for The University of Texas System.

 

Lone Star College Police Department  Police Captain/ Chief of Staff Sandra Joachim was the 2018 recipient for the Frank I. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

 

 

TACUPA General Scholarship

University of North Texas  Police Officer Emily Voelkel was the 2018 recipient for the TACUPA General Scholarship.

 

 

Donna Spinato Scholarship


This TACUPA scholarship is named in honor of Donna Spinato who served as Police Chief for Texas A&M Commerce.  During her 36-year career, she also served as a dispatcher, security guard, police officer, sergeant, investigator, and captain.  Her selfless dedication to university law enforcement, as a civilian and as a peace officer, is commendable.  Non-sworn employees of police agencies at member institutions are eligible for this scholarship.

University of Texas at Arlington Julie Spann was the 2018 recipient for the Donna Spinato Scholarship.

 

TACUPA Past-President Awards

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TACUPA Past-President Awards

The following TACUPA members where awarded Past President Awards for serving as the TACUPA President.  The awards are listed by year served.

  • President 2018  -  Chief Kim Lemaux - University of Texas at Arlington
     

    • President 2018  -  Julie Spann - University of Texas at Arlington

  • President 2017  -  Chief Michael Ragan - Texas A&M University

TACUPA

Chief Lauretta Hill, President

Dallas County Community College District

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