Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–November 19, 2016. The Park Forest Police Department has announced plans to award a scholarship to an area teen in the name of Officer Timothy Jones.
Park Forest Police made the announcement in a Facebook post saying, “Friends, here is our exciting announcement where the members of the Park Forest Police Department get to show the community support we’ve received back to a young member of the community we serve.”
The Officer Timothy Jones Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Park Forest with a grade point average of at least 2.75 who exhibits strong character. The recipient must also declare criminal justice as their college major and be enrolled in courses in the 2017-18 school year at an accredited college or university.
Jones was critically wounded in the line of duty in March of 2016 and continues to rehabilitate from his injuries.
The 24-year-old officer, though relatively new to the force in December of 2015, won over the Park Forest community who voted him winner of the Park Forest Police Department’s No Shave November for Charity Competition. The contest allows members of the Park Forest Police Department, typically required to remain clean-shaven, to wear facial hair during the month of November in exchange for donating to cancer research. At the end of the month, members of the department take pictures to be judged by the community in determining best beard.
The competition, previously held only during the month of November, was extended this year through Decemebr to allow more time for donations to flow in from officers and from the community. The funds received will be used to award the Officer Timothy Jones Scholarship with additional dollars going toward cancer research.
The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 23, 2016.
For complete details on the Officer Timothy Jones Scholarship, visit villageofparkforest.com/police/jonesscholarship
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