NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
AND MARILYN M. GATES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2013
The New Hampshire State Police Memorial Scholarships are appropriated through the combined efforts of the New Hampshire State Police Benevolent Association (Sergeant James S. Noyes Memorial Scholarship) and the Gearty-Parker Memorial Fund (the Gearty-Parker Memorial Scholarship).
The Benevolent Association initiated its scholarship program in 1981. The scholarships were originally known simply as the New Hampshire State Police Benevolent Association Scholarships. In 1995, the Board of Directors voted to rename the scholarship in the memory of deceased member and past President, James S. Noyes. Sergeant Noyes was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 3, 1994. A total of five scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each have been awarded annually.
The Gearty-Parker Memorial scholarship fund was established in 1990. The fund was established in the memory of deceased Troopers Joseph E. Gearty and Gary P. Parker who were killed in an automobile accident while on duty in November of 1989. The Gearty-Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund has also awarded five scholarships annually in the amount of $500.00 each.
With the two separate entities awarding their scholarships on an independent basis, the potential for all of the scholarships to be awarded to a very small group of applicants existed. A single applicant could potentially be awarded a scholarship by both groups. This could significantly limit the number of students who would ultimately benefit from these scholarships.
It was suggested that the two groups combine efforts to establish a system for awarding these scholarships that would benefit a larger group of recipients. Through the cooperative efforts of the two groups, a single application was devised. Each group's scholarships are still awarded in the name of their chosen memorial; however, applicants are limited to one application. This system provided for the awarding of a total of ten scholarships annually in the amount of $500.00 each to ten separate applicants.
At the November 8, 2005 Semi-Annual Meeting of the Benevolent Association, the Board of Directors voted to increase the number of applicants chosen to receive a scholarship from five to seven.
At the July 22, 2008 Scholarship Committee Meeting, the member representing the Parker-Gearty Memorial Scholarship advised the Committee that the number of recipients for this scholarship has increased from five to seven.
At the July 1, 2009 Scholarship Committee Meeting, the member representing the Parker-Gearty Memorial Scholarship advised the Committee that the number of recipients for the scholarship for this year has decreased from seven to five—the traditional number awarded—due to the economy.
As of the March 16, 2010 Meeting of the Benevolent Association, the Board of Directors voted to increase the number of applicants chosen to receive a scholarship from seven to ten $500.00 scholarships.
The Marilyn M. Gates Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006. The following is a little background as to how this scholarship was established.
Marilyn is the wife of Retired Sergeant Donald Gates. Don, Marilyn and another couple and their son were in Texas to attend a wedding. During their stay in Texas, their car was struck by a drunk driver on March 26, 2006. Marilyn survived the crash, but later died from her injuries in the hospital. Don, his daughter and his two sons wanted to do something in Marilyn's memory that would be a benefit to others. They thought it would be fitting to establish a scholarship in the amount of $500.00. Don, who is a member of the New Hampshire State Police Benevolent Association, contacted the President about their plan to establish a scholarship in Marilyn's memory. He thought it would be fitting that the recipient be the son or daughter of a New Hampshire State Police employee. It was decided that this scholarship would be awarded along with the State Police Memorial Scholarships—Gearty-Parker Scholarship Fund and Sergeant James S. Noyes Benevolent Scholarship. The Gates Family plans to award the Marilyn M. Gates Memorial Scholarship to an undergraduate student of a State Police employee in the amount of $500.00 on a yearly basis for as long as they are able to.
For the year 2013, there will be a total of 18 scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each awarded—ten from the Benevolent Association, seven from the Gearty-Parker Memorial Scholarship and one from the Marilyn M. Gates Memorial Scholarship.
The New Hampshire State Police Memorial Scholarship Committee comprised of Sergeant Todd Cohen, Timothy Pifer, Lisa Johnston and Cheryl Janelle announces the recipients for 2013 as follows:
Sergeant James S. Noyes Memorial Scholarship
Brianna R. Bowen – Daughter of Trooper Scott Bowen
Erin E. Geraghty - Daughter of Lieutenant James Geraghty
Daniel R. Schack – Son of Retired Sergeant Susan Harbour
Devon E. Sweeney – Daughter of Trooper Michael Sweeney
Colleen J. Geraghty - Daughter of Lieutenant James Geraghty
Steven E. Schack – Son of Retired Sergeant Susan Harbour
Jessica R. Lulka – Daughter of Sergeant Frederick Lulka
Katherine A. Geraghty - Daughter of Lieutenant James Geraghty
Elisabeth M. Maslan – Daughter of Lieutenant Jerome Maslan
Linnea E. Hilchey - Daughter of Retired Sergeant Peter Hilchey
Gearty-Parker Memorial Scholarship
Erica G. Haase - Daughter of Retired Trooper First Class Robert Haase
Miranda L. Bowen – Daughter of Trooper Scott Bowen
Brandes E. Sweet – Daughter of Retired Captain Scott Sweet
Adam D. Mullen – Son of Sergeant John Mullen
Chelsea R. Selvitella – Daughter of Pamela Selvitella
Megan N. Landry – Daughter of Lieutenant Todd Landry
Chelsea L. Brann – Daughter of Trooper First Class Eric Brann
Marilyn M. Gates Memorial Scholarship
Alexander R. Wilson – Son of Retired Trooper Michael Wilson
The Scholarship Committee wishes all the recipients the best of luck in their school studies and their future endeavors.
New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of State Police
New Hampshire Retired State Troopers Association
©2005, NH State Police Benevolent Association