IN MEMORY OF ERIC WILLIAMS
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
Eric Williams graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Eric’s career in law enforcement began as a Loss Prevention Officer for Wegmans, and years later became a police officer for Jefferson Township, PA. On September 11, 2011, Eric joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons at USP Canaan.
Prior to his death, Eric purchased a house on Lily Lake, a state-owned lake near Nanticoke, PA, where he made renovations and spent time enjoying the more rural lifestyle he always wanted. Eric was an avid outdoorsman and had a strong passion and skill for hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing sports such as soccer, frisbee golf, and bowling. Eric is survived by his parents, Donald and Jean, and his siblings, Mark, Kyle, and Lauren.
The Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5k Run and Walk is an honor to Eric’s ultimate sacrifice by promoting safer conditions for all correctional officers.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Shortly after the line-of-duty death of Eric Williams, a Federal Corrections Officer, a scholarship fund was set up by a family member in Eric’s memory. Word of this fund spread quickly throughout the correctional system across America and parts of Canada. Contributions began to flow in from individual corrections workers and their families. It was through these individuals that scholarship awards were given out on an annual basis.
As the fund continued, various ways and means were added to maintain the ability to award scholarships on an ongoing basis.
WE AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND ACADEMIES
Recipients enrolled in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement programs
The Williams Family selected Eric’s alma maters; King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, and Lackawanna College Act 120 Program, as recipients of annual scholarship awards. These institutions choose a recipient(s) majoring in criminal justice and award the scholarship(s).
Recipients enrolled in any curriculum or program
Luzerne County Community College Essay Contest
Luzerne County Community College receives a scholarship for on-campus contests where professors and faculty from the college review and judge participating students and select the winners. Please note: The contests held by L.C.C.C. are not the same contests that we hold on an annual basis through our social media and website.
Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5k Run and Walk
Institution(s) picked from the Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K Race drawing receive a scholarship award. The number of institutions receiving this highly depends on the profits from the race. The award is made to the institution that is drawn by lottery from the race. The institution may award the money to a student(s) of their choice. No restrictions.
WE AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS DIRECTLY TO STUDENTS
Scholarship awards to individual students, rather than to institutions, are through our national essay contest winners (and now includes art contest winners). We announce these contests annually on our social media and website. We generally select a first and second place winner. We do not give scholarships out to students on request. Contest winners are the only awarded participants.
SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVED AWARD DISTRIBUTIONS
Misericordia University – Dallas, PA
King’s College – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Luzerne County Community College – Nanticoke, PA
Lackawanna College – Scranton, PA
Howard College – Big Springs, TX
Johnson CTE Center for Law Enforcement Programs – Dallas/Forth Worth, TX
Merced College – Merced, CA
Fitchburg State University – Fitchburg, MA
Academy of Careers and Technology – Beckly, WV
Allegany College of Maryland – Cumberland, MD
Shippensburg University – Shippensburg, PA
Mansfield University – Mansfield, PA
Rio Hondo College – Whittier, CA
Kutztown University – Kutztown, PA
Penn State University – College Park, PA
Broome Community College – Binghamton , NY