Because of Neil and with the help of the LaPorte County Police
Department, I established the Neil G. Thompson Memorial
Scholarship. It will be awarded each year to a qualified high
school senior who plans to pursue an academic career at a
college or university of his or her choice.
Neil realized the
meaning of an education as embracing three major elements -
development of the mind, body, and spirit. His joy and
excitement of learning were things I once envied but now
understand. His physical and mental health was essential for him
to withstand the pressures of today's life. And his spirit was
composed of those intangible values that sustained him -
integrity, conviction, loyalty, courage, selflessness, and moral
I could not forsee how the Memorial Fund could help
in any tangible way to develop one's body or spirit. These are
individuals' endeavors vital to the awakening of the whole
However, it is through this scholarship that the
LaPorte County Police Department and I would like to show our
support and best wishes for success in a future academic career.
Stimulation of the mind and the awakening of a young person's
intellectual curiosity are part and parcel of a college
education. One will work hard because the curriculum is
demanding and the rewards are great. In the process, one will
develop his own sense of true values and accomplishement and go
out well able to cope with life in a complicated world. If one
contributes to his fullest capacity, he will find the college
experience both pleasant and rewarding, and it will be an
endeavor long remembered with pride.
An education is one of
the few things that no one can ever take away from you. Enjoy
it. Value it. Be proud of it.
Lisa M. Thompson
The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000.00.
high school senior who plans to pursue an academic career at a
college or university will be selected each year by a committee.
Applications must be filled with the Sheriff on or before April
15th of the student's senior year in ordered to be considered
To be considered as a qualified applicant,
you must be a son or daughter of a LaPorte County Sheriff's
Department employee or a son or daughter of an active Sheriff's
Lake Patrol member, Sheriff's Posse member, or Reserve Deputy.