The Larry Mulcrone Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to the children of current IDEOA Members. All applicants must be enrolled for the 2021-2022 academic year. To apply, you must fill out the Memorial Scholarship Application and include a typed essay consisting of 400-500 words on one of the following topics:
A) A number of states have moved to "legalize" marijuana for "medical" and/or recreational use, and some policy makers are discussing the possibility of "decriminalizing" personal use amounts of other deadly and addictive controlled substances. Please discuss potential, unintended consequences/threats that "decriminalization" of a variety of controlled substances - and the normalization of drug abuse - may have on the health and safety of the public, communities, families and children.
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B) Over the last year or so, anti-police groups and some media outlets have amplified disparate and rare police misconduct, portraying these incidents as "systemic" and normative. Some of these narratives and movements have led to discussions about "de-funding" the police, which has negatively affected law enforcement's ability to provide public safety services, and to hire and retain adequate numbers of qualified police officers. Please discuss the possibility that the "de-fund" the police movement has contributed to the significant rise in the number of homicides, non-fatal shootings and the record number of drug overdose deaths that are occurring.
A complete list of school and community activities/honors must also be included.
Applications are to be submitted electronically by clicking the button below (please remember to upload your essay and community activities/honors list). Electronic submissions must be received by September 10, 2021. Award recipients will be notified by September 30, 2021. A check in the amount of $500.00 will be forwarded to the recipient, made payable directly to the university/college attended by the recipient, by October 15, 2021. Previous winners are not eligible to apply again.