Six local students were awarded $1,000 college scholarships Thursday courtesy of the Killeen Police Department’s nonprofit Law Enforcement Assistance Fund.
This was the fourth year the scholarships were awarded from the fund, which was established in 2006 to help Killeen police officers and their families in times of need.
All six students chosen are the children of KPD employees.
The scholarship winners are recent graduates of local public and private high schools who plan to attend college and earn degrees in a diverse array of fields, including marine biology, civil engineering and education.
One recipient, Colton Moseley, plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
“I’ve always looked up to my parents,” said Moseley, whose mother and father both work in law enforcement. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of.”
In addition to the six scholarships, three other local students were awarded $2,000 each for the Bobby Hornsby Memorial Scholarship, named for the Killeen police officer who was killed in the line of duty in July. Hornsby’s widow, Kimberly, said she established the scholarship in memory of her husband’s support when she was earning a college degree.
“I wanted to support others in their college ‘go-getterness’ just like he supported me,” she said.
This is the first year the Hornsby scholarship was awarded. Kimberly Hornsby said she was impressed by the applicants’ essays on service and heroism. “I really enjoyed seeing their desire for serving their community. ... It was impressive.”