ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – Haylee Shuping, wife of late Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping, has created a $25,000 scholarship in memory of her husband that will provide financial assistance to qualified students in the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College enrolled in the College’s Basic Law Enforcement Program. Training program (BLET).
The Officer Jason Shuping Public Safety Scholarship will honor Shuping’s legacy by encouraging BLET students to pursue their goal of becoming a law enforcement officer and contributing to a strong community of talent in law enforcement.
Shuping lost his life aged 25 after being shot by a carjacking suspect on December 6, 2020. His partner was injured and the suspect was killed in a shootout with other officers responding to the scene. Shuping was the second officer in Concord Police Department history to die in the line of duty.
Shuping, originally from Salisbury, followed in his brother’s footsteps by becoming a law enforcement officer. After graduating magna cum laude from UNC-Pembroke, where he majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology and with a minor in Terrorism Studies, he completed the BLET program at Rowan-Cabarrus and was recognized as the best shooter in his class.
Shuping began his career as an officer with the Concord Police Department and, during his 18 months of service, received numerous accolades for going above and beyond his duties. His call number, 4434, has been officially retired by the City of Concord as a permanent reminder of his dedication to serving his community.
“As someone who helped support my husband through the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Rowan-Cabarrus, I understand the sacrifices cadets make by choosing to be part of the program,” said Haylee Shuping. “Many cadets cannot be employed during the program due to the long hours required in class, and they must rely on their partner or family for financial support. Prior to this endowed scholarship, there was no specific funding available to assist BLET cadets.
In addition to the endowment, Haylee Shuping is contributing $1,500 for a scholarship to be awarded to a student this fall, while the endowment generates disposable income to be used for future scholarships. To add to the funding available to help Rowan-Cabarrus students, she will be hosting a t-shirt sale beginning April 18. Commemorative t-shirts will be available for $27.95 via Grunt Style (www.gruntstyle.com) beginning April 18, with a portion of each sale going to the scholarship fund.
“I am touched by Haylee Shuping’s grace and generosity in honoring her husband by helping students who want to make a difference by pursuing a career in law enforcement,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan Cabarrus. “The Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Doted Scholarship will have a lasting impact on our students and community as Jason’s legacy continues to give back to those who are committed to making a difference in the law application.”
To donate to the Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Scholarship, please visit www.rccc.edu/foundation/endowments.
For more information on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).
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