CRANFORD, NJ- The Union County College Foundation hopes to establish a $10,00 fund to create an annual scholarship for police officers and their families who want to further their education, according to a press release sent by the UCC Foundation on Thursday.

The fund, titled the “Union County College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund,” was proposed by Chief John Rodger of the Rahway Police Department.

“The best way to continue to improve the quality of the law enforcement services we provide to our communities is by investing in our most important asset, our police officers and their families,” Rodger said in a press release.

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The goal of the fund is to give back to first responders and those who help their community every day. The fund plans to do so by raising $10,000 annually with the help of the Union County Police Chiefs Association and with help from the local community, according to the press release.

“The college is proud of our first responders and all they do to serve and protect the citizens of our local communities,” Union County College president Margaret M. McMenamin said in the press release.

For more information on supporting the fund, contact the Union County College Foundation at (908) 709-7505 or email foundation@ucc.edu.

TAPinto Cranford reached out to the Union County College Foundation for further comment, but the executive director was not available for comment at this time.