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New scholarship benefits Detroit police officers

Police officers in the city of Detroit will have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to a new scholarship program at UM-Dearborn.

Officers who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM-Dearborn will be eligible for a special scholarship that will provide a credit for 20 percent of their tuition costs and fees each semester.

The partnership between the university and the Detroit Police Department seeks to expand community ties, facilitate academic access and promote higher education opportunities for police department employees.

"I always have been an advocate of higher education and I am deeply appreciative to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for extending this opportunity to our employees," says Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, who also teaches criminal justice courses at UM-Dearborn. "A better educated police force will translate to a department that better serves the needs of the community and greater career opportunities for those willing to further their education."

Prospective students may be admitted to any undergraduate or graduate program the university offers as long as the program's admission and eligibility criteria are met. UM-Dearborn's 20 percent tuition credit will work in conjunction with any tuition assistance offered by the Detroit Police Department.

"Hats off to Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans for pursuing this partnership with UM-Dearborn as soon as he took office. It shows Detroit's commitment to community policing, and will have important positive effects on the city over the long term," says Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. "Also, hats off to Kevin Early, director of our criminal justice studies program, who envisioned this scholarship as a way for UM-Dearborn to help make Metropolitan Detroit a better place to live and work."

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