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Pittsburgh, July 17, 2009 – La Roche College has announced the creation of the City of Pittsburgh Police Scholarship Program to “recognize the hard work and dedication of the officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep Pittsburgh safe,” according to College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. Robert Mitchell, a faculty member in the college’s Department of Justice, Law & Security who also is a former FBI supervisory agent, presented City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police Nathan Harper with a letter of intent regarding the scholarship program this week.

“The tragic loss of Officers Kelly, Mayhle and Sciullo earlier this year was a sad reminder of the risks that police officers face every day as they work to serve and protect,” Sister Candace said. “We are establishing this scholarship as a token of our gratitude to police officers everywhere and as a way to pay tribute to the three fallen Pittsburgh Police officers.”

Through the program, one student per year will receive a $40,000 scholarship to La Roche College ($10,000 per year for four years) in any of the 50 majors offered. The scholarship program is open to all eligible dependents of current City of Pittsburgh Police officers. Applicants must meet standard eligibility requirements for admission to the College and will be selected by a committee, based on criteria that are part of our standard admissions process. College administration hopes to award the first scholarship to a student entering the fall 2009 class.

“It is very heartwarming that La Roche College would want to do this in remembrance of the fallen officers of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police,” Chief Harper said.

“La Roche College is proud to be a part of the Pittsburgh region, and it is our sincere hope that this scholarship program will help your officers’ families by providing an avenue of financial assistance that makes a college education possible, now and into the future,” Sister Candace wrote to Chief Harper in the letter announcing the program.

Individuals who would like more information on this scholarship program may contact the La Roche Office of Admissions via e-mail at or by calling Bob Mitchell at 412-536-1191.

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