Claremont taking applications for Stanley scholarship

Claremont is accepting applications for the inaugural P.J. Stanley Memorial Scholarship.
The city organized the scholarship after the passing of former Claremont city councilman, police officer and rescuer James “P.J.” Stanley.

Stanley, who was a 30-year veteran of the Claremont police department and rescue squad, died Sept. 21, 2011, after a short battle with leukemia.

Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick said the scholarship is just one way the city hopes to continue the legacy of “P.J.”

“For those that did not have the pleasure of knowing (Stanley), he was a true public servant with over 30 years of service to many public safety organizations in Catawba County, but his true passion was teaching others who wished to join the ranks with him,” Barrick said.

Claremont also re-named its police department training room after Stanley in November 2011 to honor the late city servant.

The office of Gov. Bev Perdue, too, issued Stanley’s family the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award during a ceremony at Claremont Police Department last year.

Barrick said the scholarship fund will award two $500 scholarships to students attending Catawba Valley or Mitchell community colleges in the police, fire, rescue or EMS fields.

The city is also beginning to raise money to ensure that the Scholarship Fund will continue for years to come, Barrick said.

Claremont Rescue Squad provided a big boost for the scholarship fund through its 12th annual pig picking and poker run earlier this year. The department donated $800 to the scholarship fund, Barrick said.

New Life Baptist Fellowship has contributed $500 to the fund, and the city kicked off the fundraising process with a $1,000 donation.

“We’ve had anything from $1 to $50 from citizens,” Barrick said.
The deadline for applications is July 4. The scholarships will be awarded in August.

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