Scholarship will honor fallen Police Officer Cody Brotherson

SALT LAKE CITY A new Leadership Award and a $2,500 scholarship named in honor of West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson will be awarded to a student excelling in academics and leadership experience, it was announced this week.

“Our community faced a tragedy last week with the loss of one of Utah’s heroes and we honor officer Brotherson’s name and continue his legacy through a new leadership award and scholarship,” Tore Steen, co-founder of The Utah 1033 Foundation, said.

“The scholarship program is our way of showing unwavering support not only to the families of Utah officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, but also to the dependents of those currently serving their communities,” Steen said.

Rep. Chris Stewart also honored Brotherson’s memory during a speech on the House floor Thursday.

Mr. Speaker, it is with honor but with sadness that I rise today to honor a local hero, 26 year-old West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson, who was killed last week in the line of duty. On Sunday, November 6th around 3 a.m., police were pursuing three individuals in a stolen vehicle. While Officer Brotherson was placing spikes in an attempt to stop this stolen vehicle, he was hit by the car and tragically killed. Not only will he be deeply missed by his parents, two brothers, and loving fiancé, but by the entire community.

I’ve had the chance, like many member of Congress, to go on police ride-a-longs. Again and again, I’ve been impressed with their hard work, professionalism, and their willingness to put themselves at risk so that they can protect those of us that they serve.

Now, more than ever, it’s important that we recognize these brave men and woman who are willing to serve and protect our communities. Cody was one of these brave ones who ultimately lost his life protecting us. My prayers go out to the Brotherson family during this extremely difficult time. We will forever be grateful for his and their sacrifice.

This new scholarship is part of the Utah 1033 Foundation’s Leadership Awards Scholarship Program, which is dedicated to supporting the children and dependents of active Utah law enforcement officers.

The Foundation honors Utah’s fallen officers by providing immediate financial support to their families and presenting college scholarships to the children of active Utah law enforcement officers.

The fund will award a total of six $2,500 scholarships, each named in honor of a Utah officer killed in the line of duty, for the 2017 school year.

Each scholarship awarded bears the name of one of the six officers killed in the line of duty since the Foundation’s creation in 2011:

  • Ogden City Police Officer Jared Francom
  • Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley
  • Draper City Sgt. Derek Johnson
  • Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride
  • Unified Police Officer Douglas Barney
  • West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson.

“Winning this award has truly changed my life,” said Jane Taylor, the 2015 Cory Wride Leadership Award recipient and a freshman at Dixie State University. “I was given the opportunity to go to a college that I love and honor the life of one of Utah’s fallen heroes. I will always remember The Utah 1033 Foundation’s love of law enforcement and support of their families.”

Students applying for the scholarship must complete an application form, and attach a current school transcript, signed release form and a completed School and Community Service form. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2017.

Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • 30% based on scholarship, which will include the overall GPA, an evaluation of the applicant’s curriculum and class ranking.
  • 30% – based on the content and composition of the essay.
  • 40% – based on school and community service and leadership experience as detailed in the School and Community Service form.

The Utah 1033 Foundation’s Scholarship Committee will present the leadership awards to the winners in May 2017. For more information about the scholarships, send an email to: infor@utah1033.org.

About The Utah 1033 Foundation

The Utah 1033 Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2011 to honor Utah’s fallen officers by providing immediate financial support to their families and presenting college scholarships to the children of active Utah law enforcement officers.

For more information, visit the Foundation online or on Facebook.

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