GCCC John E. Miller Memorial Scholarship Awarded
Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2011 13:11
A GCCC freshman is being helped along by the generosity of a couple who started a scholarship to honor the memory of their son, another GCCC criminal justice program graduate.
Matt Walker, Fredonia, is a freshman criminal justice major and the recipient of the John E. Miller Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Walker's career plans include applying to the Kansas Highway Patrol after graduation. If accepted, Walker said he would like to serve a few years as a patrol officer and then, ultimately, train to serve in a K-9 unit with the KHP.
The scholarship's namesake, John E. Miller, graduated with honors from the GCCC Criminal Justice Program in 1992 and was selected as the outstanding sophomore graduate that year. Miller later attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, and became a deputy and police firearms instructor with the Lyon County Sheriff Department. He often returned to GCCC to serve as a guest instructor.
Upon his death in 2006, Miller's parents, Thomas and Pricilla Miller, Emporia, established a memorial scholarship in his name and specified that it be made available to GCCC students intending to make careers in law enforcement.