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In December, 1982, five Special Agents - Ernest C. Burchette, Robert W. Conners, Charles L. Ellington, Terry Burnett Hereford and Michael J. Lynch were killed in the line of duty as a result of two separate accidents. Craig L. Dotlo, then President of the FBIAA, proposed that their deaths be memorialized with a college education fund to benefit the survivors of deceased FBI Agents.
The fund, originally called the Children's Education Fund, was endowed by sales of the "First FBI Commemorative Revolver". Approximately $186,000 formed the corpus of the new college education fund.
Since the inception, donations have been added to the fund from a variety of sources. FBIAA sponsored golf tournaments in many regions of the country provide much needed contributions as do annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contributions from FBI and other government employees. Additionally, donations from active Agents, retired Agents, citizens and corporations contribute to the core of the fund. Each donation is recognized in the FBI AGENT newsletter.
The original purpose of the fund was to provide interest-free college loans to qualified children of deceased FBI Agents. The terms of the trust include natural children, step-children and legally adopted children of FBI Agents who (1) died (from any cause) while so employed; or (2) retired from the FBI, whether by Law Enforcement Retirement Plan or by Disability Retirement, and died within one year of separation from the FBI. In February, 1996, the terms of the trust were amended to offer scholarships instead of loans to children of deceased Agents. Spouses of deceased Agents were now also eligible. These changes were made possible by the growth of the fund. In 2008, FBIAA President Fred Bragg directed the sale of a Glock Handgun to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the FBI. Funds from this handgun sale constituted the largest fund raising effort in the history of the FBIAA and were deposited in the Memorial College Fund account.
The MCEF currently offers scholarships to qualified individuals for use in paying the cost of obtaining an Associate or Bachelor degree. Recipients may attend any college, public or private, anywhere in the world. As of August, 2012, the fund had assisted over 180 children of 95 deceased FBI Agents. Contact your office FBIAA representative for additional details regarding this fund. more information on the five agents >>
MCEF FUND TRUSTEES
- Arthur C. Grubert - 04/85 - 11/95
- Christopher Morrison - 04/85 - 11/95
- David L. Clark - 04/85 - 11/95
- Robert J. Marston - 11/95 - 04/03
- Edward T. Cugell, Jr. - 11/95 - 04/03
- Rita M. Fitzpatrick - 11/95 - 06/05
- Carl Catauro - 04/03 - 08/08
- Nancy McNamara - 04/03 - 08/08
- James J. O'Connor - 06/05 - 08/08
- Charles Gunther - 08/08 - 04/12
- Jean K. O'Connor - 08/08 - Present
- John P. Fagan - 08/08 - Present
- Jason Herring - 04/12 - Present
You can make a donation to this fund online now. Or checks can be made payable to Memorial College Education Fund and mailed to: P.O. Box 320215 Alexandria, VA 22320
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