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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 TACUPAorganization@gmail.com no later than October 1 of each year..

The deadline for submitting applications for annual scholarships is October 1 of the preceeding year.

Click Here for Scholarship Submission Guidelines

Click Here for Scholarship Application

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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.

2020 Recipient: Lubbock Christian University Public Safety Officer Cale Breshears

 

The 2021 nomination window is now open through October 31, 2021.

Click here for Engells Award Nominee Submission Guidelines

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.

 

2020 Recipient: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Police Sergeant Stuart Alexander.

 

The 2021 nomination window is now open through October 31, 2021.

Click here to access Fultz Award Nominee Submission Guidelines

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.

 

2020 Recipient: Texas A&M University-San Antonio Police Chief Ron Davidson.

The 2021 nomination window is now open through October 31, 2021.

Click here to access Daniels Award Nominee Submission Guidelines

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.

 

2020 Recipient: There was no recipient in 2020.

 

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are being accepted now through October 31, 2021.

 

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TACUPA General Scholarship

2020 Recipient: There was no recipient in 2020.

 

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are being accepted now through October 31, 2021.

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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.

2020 Recipient: Julie Spann, The University of Texas- Arlington.

 

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are being accepted now through October 31, 2021.

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 2019  -  Chief Lauretta Hill, Dallas County Community College

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

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