Here at the Officer Brian Shaw Foundation, we’re committed to making available various scholarship opportunities in effort to help promote the general welfare of those who not only serve to protect our community but of the youth as well.
$15,000 K-9 SCHOLARSHIP
2019 K-9 Scholarship Winner
Officer Kevin Hess and Officer Brian Shaw were close friends. They shared common interests in sports and police work. They were both also fiercely competitive at Fantasy Football. When Kevin heard that our foundation was going to be giving the New Kensington Police Department a K-9 Scholarship, Kevin showed great interest in the program and was chosen by NKPD to be Deuce's handler. Kevin went through a rigorous, six-week training with Deuce at Shallow Creek Kennels. On August 5th, 2019 Deuce was sworn in as Badge #29K in honor of Brian, whose badge number was #29. Deuce also received his name from a nickname that Brian received when he was younger. Brian always wore the number two when playing soccer, hence the nickname "Deuce." We would like to wish Officer Hess and K-9 Deuce the best of luck and a safe career.
2020 K-9 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Allegheny Valley Regional Police Department
Chief Mike Naviglia and Officer Brian Shaw worked together at the Springdale Township Police Department just before Officer Brian Shaw had accepted a full time position with the New Kensington Police Department. Recently, Chief Naviglia's department absorbed patrol responsibilities for neighboring Cheswick Borough forming the Allegheny Valley Regional Police Department. Chief Naviglia has been a K-9 handler for several years. K-9 Carr is Chief Naviglia's third police K-9. We wish Chief Naviglia and K-9 Carr a safe career together.
2021 K-9 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
City of Lower Burrell Police Department
Officer Aaron Rodgers and K-9 Buc are the newest addition to the police force for the Lower Burrell Police Department. With recent retirement of Sgt. Cernava and K-9 Dax, the Lower Burrell Police Department chose Officer Rodgers as the new K-9 handler. Buc received his name from the Burrell High School mascot, which is a buccaneer. We would like to wish Officer Rodgers and K-9 Buc a safe career together.
$1,000 EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
Our 2019 Winning Applicants
Ashley Brown is a 2019 Burrell graduate and is planning on attending either Washington & Jefferson College or Roanoke College. She plans on getting a Bachelor of Science Degree.
JADYN BAKER & BRANDON FIEDOR
Brandon and Jadyn are both 2019 graduates of Valley High School. Brandon plans on attending Penn State University and obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science Engineering. Jadyn plans on attending Saint Vincent College and obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Veterinarian studies.
Daniel is a 2019 graduate of Burrell High School and plans on attending Waynesburg University. Daniel plans on obtaining a bachelors degree but is undecided on his field of study.
2020 WINNING APPLICANTS
Alexandrea is a 2020 graduate of Valley High School and plans on attending Eastern Michigan University. Alexandrea plans obtaining a bachelors degree in Political Science with hopes of getting into Law School.
Cari is a 2020 graduate of Valley High School and plans on attending Kent State University. Cari plans on obtaining a bachelors degree in Visual Communication Design.
Delaney is a 2020 graduate of Burrell High School and plans on attending Penn State University. Delaney plans on obtaining a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.
Zack is a 2020 graduate of Burrell High School and plans on attending California University of Pennsylvania. Zack plans to obtain a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.
2021 WINNING APPLICANTS
Carson is a 2021 graduate of Burrell High School. He will be attending American University. Carson plans to major in political science.
Jordyn is a 2021 graduate of Burrell High School. She will be attending the University of Rochester in the fall. Jordyn plans to focus her studies on psychology, law, and English.
GILLIAN GUZZO AND TYLER METZ
Gillian and Tyler are both 2021 graduates of Valley High School. Gillian with be attending the University of Arizona with plans of majoring in biochemistry. Tyler with be attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is undecided on his major.
2022 WINNING APPLICANTS
Anna is a 2022 graduate of Burrell High School. She will be attending Penn State University in the fall. Anna plans on majoring in biomedical engineering.
Kayden is a 2022 graduate of Burrell High School. He will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. Kayden plans on majoring in computer science.
EMILY DERRINGER AND DARIO WOLFE
Emily and Dario are both 2022 graduates of Valley High School. Emily will be attending Westmoreland County Community College in the fall and Dario will be attending Allegheny College. Emily plans on majoring in general education and mechanical engineering. Dario plans on majoring in foreign affairs.
$1,000 FIRST RESPONDER SCHOLARSHIP
2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
The City of New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of several wonderful people. All members continue to serve the City of New Kensington selflessly as they are all volunteers. The foundation was informed that they were in need of some new equipment and decided to jump at the opportunity to help.
2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
When Chief Scott Haslett of the Ford City Police Department contacted us about the First Responder Scholarship, we asked how we could help. The Ford City Police Department is a smaller department based out of Armstrong County. Chief Haslett told us his department could use the assistance to upgrade their portable radios. After meeting and speaking with Chief Haslett, we didn't think twice about choosing the Ford City Police Department as this year's recipient.