The Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship


Application for Full Scholarship – Allegheny County Police Academy


The Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 in memory of New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw.


     On November 17, 2017, Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed during a traffic stop in the City of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Officer Shaw was a lifelong resident of the City of Lower Burrell, graduated from Burrell High School, Slippery Rock University and graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy on January 22, 2015. Officer Shaw was hired as a full-time police officer in the City of New Kensington during the summer of 2017. During his short time in law enforcement, Officer Shaw left a lasting impression on the residents of the City of New Kensington and the Alle-Kiski Valley. He had a passion for service to his community and the people that he loved. To honor Officer Brian Shaw and his dedication to the communities in which he lived and worked, Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship Fund held the first annual Memorial Scholarship Ride on August 19, 2018, which, in part, generated the funds which have made this scholarship possible.


     The Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship is a tuition reimbursement scholarship which will be awarded each semester at graduation.

In order to apply for this scholarship, please respond in writing to the following essay question:  Officer Brian Shaw embodied many qualities, but perhaps the most important qualities were humility, integrity, dedication and compassion.  Please describe how the qualities of humility, integrity, dedication and compassion are present in your life, using examples where appropriate, and why they are important qualities that every police officer should possess.


     The application will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee to determine which applicant is most deserving of the scholarship and best emulates the qualities that made Brian such an extraordinary citizen and public servant.  The applicant’s written essay must not exceed three (3) pages, double spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font (or equivalent).  The written essay and completed application form must be submitted in a PDF or scanned document by email to:






     Applicants must be full-time cadets at the Allegheny County Police Academy whose tuition has not been paid by a municipality, government unit or military program such as the GI Bill.  Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee designated by the Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the recipient will be notified at graduation in the semester in which they are enrolled at the Academy.