Criminal Justice Fraternity Grows Scholarship Fund with Fallen Officer 5K Run

Jessica Nagle-Wilson
The Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Beta Kappa Rho chapter of Ferris State University's Lambda Alpha Epsilon, is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in Big Rapids' Northend Riverside Park. Proceeds from the run support the Jessica Nagle-Wilson Memorial Scholarship. Pictured is Jessica Nagle-Wilson.

PLEASE NOTE: The event has been postponed to its April 28 rain/weather date. See the text near the bottom of this news release.

Beta Kappa Rho, Ferris State University’s chapter of the Criminal Justice professional fraternity Lambda Alpha Epsilon, will support the Jessica Nagle-Wilson Memorial Scholarship Sunday, April 14, when they host the Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Northend Riverside Park.

Andrew Maas, a Law Enforcement Academy student and senior from Flushing is the president of Ferris’ LAE chapter. Maas said that the scholarship fund is named in honor of a 2000 graduate of the Criminal Justice program, who fell in the line of duty with the Hazel Park Police Department, in July 2002.

“We see members of quite a few departments, who might include alumni of the Criminal Justice program, or those who served with fallen Ferris CJ graduate Collin Rose offer support by participating in the event or contributing to the scholarship,” Maas said. “We have also had members of Jessica Nagle-Wilson’s family join us for opening ceremonies.”

Those who plan to run or walk the course, through the Trestle Bend area, can sign up online or register for $20 the day of the event, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Maas said the opening ceremony starts at 1 p.m., before the run/walk.

“The Mecosta County Honor Guard has supported our memorial in the past. We always seek to present a meaningful ceremony,” Maas said. “There were around 70 participants signed up in 2018, and we hope to see continued growth in runners and walkers.”

The Beta Kappa Rho chapter has contributed to the Jessica Nagle-Wilson Memorial Scholarship since 2007. The award goes to a Criminal Justice senior who demonstrates both academic excellence and financial need.

“The scholarship has been an important source of support for past recipients,” Maas said. “This event is very much in line with our chapter’s objective to promote ethics, intellectual achievement and leadership among undergraduate students.”

Philanthropy Committee chair and race director Rebekah Maring, a junior in Criminal Justice from Kentwood, said in the event of inclement weather, the Fallen Officer Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, April 28.