Redefining the Classroom

Sault police, detective's family create CJ academy scholarship

Posted: February 17th, 2010

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2314; Sharon Dorrity, e-mail, 635-2665.

LAW ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP – Representatives with the Sault, Mich., police department and Lake Superior State University join with family members to establish the John Weir (Sault Police Department) Memorial Scholarship. The fund benefits criminal justice graduates entering a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) law enforcement academy at LSSU. Weir was stabbed while responding to a call in 1990, eventually succumbing to his injuries in 2004. Shown seated from left are Paige Gordier, dean of LSSU's College of Business and Professional Studies and chair of the criminal justice, fire science and EMS department; Tom Coates, director of the LSSU Foundation Office; and Herb Henderson, representing the Sault Police Department. Standing from left are Patricia (Patty) Allison and Marge Johnston, both sisters of John Weir. (Photo by John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Criminal justice graduates at Lake Superior State University now have additional resources for professional development. The John Weir (Sault Police Department) Memorial Scholarship provides financial support for graduating students who enroll in the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) law enforcement academy at LSSU.

Anyone wishing to become a police officer in Michigan must first be certified through MCOLES. LSSU works with the agency to provide annual academies on campus. At the end of the police academy, cadets must complete a physical fitness test and written exam before receiving MCOLES accreditation.

The LSSU-administered scholarship honors John Weir, a police officer who served with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department for 19 years. On Sept. 23, 1990, Weir responded to a call that involved a man threatening others with a knife. During the incident he was stabbed, resulting in injuries that left him in a coma for several months. After coming out of the coma, Detective Weir was blind and remained partially paralyzed until his death on Nov. 7, 2004.

The Sault Police Department established a golf outing fundraiser to assist the family with their expenses while caring for Detective Weir and to support local charities. It is now their wish to honor his memory by rolling proceeds into the form of a scholarship endowment.

Scholarship applicants must be LSSU criminal justice program graduates with at least a GPA of 3.0, and be accepted into upcoming MCOLES academy. Extra consideration will be given to students who volunteer for community service and exhibit other forms of outstanding citizenship. Preference may be given to candidates who are the first to attend a university in their family.

For more information about this or any one of the more than 100 scholarships and awards available at LSSU, call the LSSU Foundation Office at 906-635-2665 or run a search for “LSSU foundation scholarships” on the Web.