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John Foster Memorial Scholarship Program

Chief John Foster The John Foster Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate John's more than 30-year career in law enforcement in Kansas and his commitment to the cause. John began his police career in the Johnson County Sheriff's office, and later moved to the fairway police department. From 1971 to 1991 he was the chief of police in Lenexa. He retired there to become sheriff of Johnson County, where he served until his death.

John Foster is a true legend in the history of state law enforcement, deserving of his sincere leadership and dedication to professionalism. This can be seen in his tireless lobbying efforts for legislative improvements affecting law enforcement and in his recognition of the importance of education and training.

After John's death, it seemed appropriate that he be remembered for his contributions to law enforcement in Kansas. A one-year scholarship on his behalf seemed appropriate. Created in 2004 by the joint efforts of the Kansas Police Chiefs Association, the Kansas Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Kansas Sheriffs Association and under the leadership of KBI Director Larry Welch, the program aims to provide educational assistance to the sons and daughters of law enforcement officers in Kansas.

Scholarship Application Form

2013 Scholarship Winner: Miranda Hanchett
Miranda is the daughter of Pauline Salas of Newton and Todd Hanchett, Harvey County Undersheriff. Read the scholarship committee's press release.


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2012 Scholarship Winner: Katelyn Rogers
Katelyn is the daughter of Randy and Tasha Rogers. Randy is the Coffey County Sheriff.. Read the Scholarship Committee's press release.

2011 Scholarship Winner: Spencer Hoch
Spencer's father, Brad Hoch, works for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office. Read the Scholarship Committee's press release.

2009 Scholarship Winner: Amanda J. Strait
Amanda is the daughter of Brad & Deanna Swihart; Brad is employed by the Concordia Police Department. Read the Scholarship Committee's press release.


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2006 Scholarship Winner: Jessica Ann Bezona
Jessica is the daughter of Stanton County Sheriff and Mrs. Ed Bezona. Read the Scholarship Committee's press release.

2005 Scholarship Winner: Caitlin Shanks
Caitlyn is the daughter of Sgt. Craig Shanks, Lawrence Police Department.


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2004 Scholarship Winner: Jenna Newsum
Jenna is the daughter of KBI agent Jeff Newsum.


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