Jay Hatcher Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established by the Alumni Association of the Abilene Citizens Police Academy, honors the memory of Abilene police detective Jay Hatcher, who died tragically in a pipeline explosion in Potosi, September, 2000. Jennifer Bray (at the time was assistance news director at KTXS-TV in Abilene) wrote an inspiring article about Jay shortly after his death and in it, she stated, “The outpouring of respect and decency that occurred during and after Jay’s funeral wouldn’t have happened there {referring to Houston area}. That’s how we differ from the big cities.”


  • Graduating high school senior from a Taylor County High School
  • Be the child of a Abilene Police Officer
  • Attending an accredited vocational school, junior college or four-year university in the United States

Jay Hatcher Memorial Scholarship
$500.00 single award
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you the child of an Abilene Police Officer?
  2. If you are the child of an Abilene Police Officer, please indicate which role your parent/guaradian plays in the Abilene Police Department.
  3. Please provide an essay that discusses the following subjects (250-300 words): Why do you want to go to college and how would this award impact your ability to attend? What do you hope to accomplish with your life? What are your career interests/goals and what has motivated you toward them? Feel free to disclose a major obstacle in your life that you have overcome.
  4. Provide the name and email address of an adult who knows your character and is willing to submit an online reference on your behalf (No relatives).