Loveland High School (LHS) is pleased to announce that the Loveland Police Department, Loveland Police Officer's Association (LPOA) and the Loveland Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA) have established a scholarship program for Loveland students who are interested in pursuing a career as an emergency responder.
“The idea for the scholarship began in early 2017,” said Loveland Police Chief Sean Rahe. “The number of candidates applying for law enforcement and fire service positions in the Cincinnati area had been decreasing dramatically for several years. In addition, Officer Fred Barnes, the first school resource officer in Loveland's history, was retiring after a long and impressive career. If you had a child in the Loveland school system you know Fred's impact on the Loveland community cannot be exaggerated.
“The Loveland Police Department, LPOA and LCPAAA began discussing a project to mark this moment. We wanted to benefit the community as a whole, benefit the emergency services profession, encourage education, and recognize Fred Barnes' extraordinary impact on our community.”
The Emergency Services Scholarship was born, and will be awarded for the 2018-19 school year.
“Each year the scholarship will be named for an emergency responder who made a difference in their community,” explained Rahe. “The inaugural year is named the Fred Barnes Emergency Services Scholarship to honor Loveland's first school resource officer for his extraordinary efforts to impact our children.”
"Loveland City Schools are fortunate to have a collaborative and supportive relationship with Loveland Emergency Services,” said Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “We are thrilled our students will have this scholarship opportunity to pursue these important community roles."
The scholarship is open to all students in the Loveland community who qualify, including home-school and distance-learning students. Students interested in pursuing a college education as an emergency responder should contact their school's counseling office for information regarding this scholarship opportunity, or the LCPAAA via e-mail, LovelandCPAAA@gmail.com