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UM-Dearborn Scholarship benefits Southfield police

Police officers from the Southfield Police Department will have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to a new scholarship program at UM-Dearborn.

Officers who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM-Dearborn will be eligible for a special scholarship that will provide a credit for 20 percent of their tuition costs and fees each semester.

The partnership between the university and the Southfield Police Department seeks to expand community ties, facilitate academic access and promote higher education opportunities for police department employees.

"Formal education is one of the keys to success of any organization. The policing industry is not an exception," says Southfield Police Chief Joseph Thomas Jr. "We welcome this partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and view it as a win-win situation."

Prospective students may be admitted to any undergraduate or graduate program the university offers as long as the program's admission and eligibility criteria are met. UM-Dearborn's 20 percent tuition credit will work in conjunction with any tuition assistance offered by the Southfield Police Department.

"We are elated to partner with the Southfield Police Department to provide their officers with an opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees at UM-Dearborn," says Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. "This partnership demonstrates the city's strong commitment to community policing, and will benefit everyone living and working in Southfield. It's a great way for UM-Dearborn to continue making metropolitan Detroit a better place to live and work."

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