Anonymous donors give $100K to Del. foundation for Cpl. Ballard Memorial fund

DELAWARE - In Delaware, a local community foundation received an anonymous $100,000 donation to create a scholarship honoring a fallen Delaware State Trooper.

The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) says on Wednesday, an anonymous couple gifted $100,000 to establish the Corporal Stephen Ballard Memorial Scholarship Fund. The endowed scholarship fund will provide an annual $5,000 scholarship for a student majoring in criminal justice at Delaware State University. According to foundation officials, beginning next year, the DCF scholarship committee will evaluate applicants and award the scholarship to a student entering his or her junior or senior year, with preference given to applicants with financial need and those planning to work in Delaware law enforcement after graduation.

"For generous people who are concerned about education, establishing a scholarship fund is a great way to expand access for multiple generations. It creates opportunities where there were none before, and offers a chance to build upon past successes. We're proud to help these donors honor Cpl. Ballard in such a meaningful way," says DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay.

The scholarship fund will honor the memory of Corporal Stephen Ballard who was killed in the line of duty, while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a Bear area Wawa, on April 26. Corporal Ballard was an eight-year veteran of the Delaware State Police and a graduate of Delaware State University studying criminal justice in 2007.

In a state released by the donors, they say, "We had never met Cpl. Stephen Ballard, but learned of his compassionate and noble nature after his passing. It is our sincere hope that others who are following his path may be guided by a similar passion to unify and protect communities. This scholarship is offered to encourage and support individuals who strive to continue lighting the path toward strong but compassionate justice such as that which Cpl. Ballard embodied."

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