CONCORD, N.C. — Haylee Shuping, wife of fallen Concord Officer Jason Shuping, has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship in her husband’s memory that will give financial assistance to qualified Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.
The Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship will honor Shuping’s legacy by encouraging BLET students to pursue their goal of becoming an officer.
Authorities say Shuping lost his life at 25-years-old, after being shot by a carjacking suspect on December 6th, 2020.
Police say his partner was wounded and the suspect was killed in the shootout.
Authorities say Shuping was the second officer in the Concord Police Department’s history to die in the line of duty.
Shuping, a Salisbury, N.C. native, graduated magna cum laude from UNC-Pembroke, where he majored in criminal justice and sociology and minored in terrorism studies, he completed the BLET program at Rowan-Cabarrus and was recognized as the top shooter in his class, according to a news release.
He began his career as an officer with the Concord Police Department and, during his 18 months of service, officials say he received numerous commendations for going above and beyond his duties.
“As someone who helped in supporting my husband through the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Rowan-Cabarrus, I understand the sacrifices cadets make in choosing to be part of the program,” Haylee Shuping said. “Many cadets are unable to be employed while in the program due to the long hours required in class, and they must rely on their partners or families for financial support. Before this endowed scholarship, there was no specific funding available to assist BLET cadets.”
In addition to the endowment, Haylee Shuping is contributing $1,500 for a scholarship to be awarded to a student in fall of 2022, while the endowment earns spendable income to be used for future scholarships.
Authorities say to add to the funding available to assist Rowan-Cabarrus students, Haylee Shuping will be holding a T-shirt sale beginning April 18th.
Memorial T-shirts will be available for $27.95 via Grunt Style beginning April 18, with a portion of each sale going to the scholarship fund.
“I am touched by Haylee Shuping’s grace and generosity in honoring her husband by assisting students who want to make a difference by pursuing a career in law enforcement,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship will have a lasting impact on our students and community as Jason’s legacy continues to give back to those who are committed to making a difference in law enforcement.”
Click here to make a donation to the Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship.