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The Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship

In honor of Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, FTC offers one full Memorial Scholarship for the Bachelor’s Degree program in Criminal Justice with Emphasis in Homeland Security available residentially or online at the Kissimmee campus. To qualify for the Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Must be an active Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) in Florida
  • Must have completed a State of Florida law enforcement academy program
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from the Chief of Police or Sheriff from their respective agency
  • Submit an essay of at least 150 words detailing their contributions to the community and how a degree would help further their career.


FTC will determine the recipient of the Memorial Scholarship by January 31, 2018. FTC will not issue refunds to a student as a result of receiving a Memorial Scholarship. Applications for this scholarship are available at the Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department by January 15, 2018. Awards will be based on applying, meeting all qualifying criteria, and a review by a scholarship board consisting of representatives from FTC, the Kissimmee Police Department, and family member(s) of the slain officers or their designee(s). Please contact the Financial Aid Department for further information. Scholarships Available for those who qualify. Financial Aid available for those who qualify. Program availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs is available at http://www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html