The application period for the 2021 LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams & Willis Scholarship ran April 15 through June 1.
Eligibility: The awardee must be the child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a member of the ATF Association, as well as a high school senior or postgraduate starting college for the first time during the 2021-2022 school year.
Annual LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams & Willis Scholarship Competition
On February 28, 1993, Special Agents Conway C. LeBleu, Todd W. McKeehan, Robert J. Williams and Steven D. Willis were part of a large, specially trained and well-disciplined force of ATF special agents from the Dallas, Houston and New Orleans field divisions assigned to execute federal warrants at the Branch Davidian Compound. When the agents arrived, the fanatical, heavily armed cult members were waiting to ambush the agents as they disembarked from their vehicles. SA’s LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams and Willis were killed; 20 ATF agents were wounded from gunshots or shrapnel and eight suffered other injuries.
In keeping with the pledge to never forget our fallen brothers and sisters, and putting into action the stated objectives of the ATF Association Foundation, the LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams & Willis Scholarship was established to recognize the ultimate sacrifices made by these ATF agents. Since 2018, scholarships have been awarded to deserving students sponsored by an ATF Association member in good standing.
Award Process: Applications are reviewed by a scholarship evaluation panel. The awardee(s) are selected based on the quality of responses provided to the essay question.
ABOUT THE ATF ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION: [http://www.atfafoundation.org]
What is the ATF Association Foundation?
The ATF Association Foundation is a tax-exempt IRS 501 (c) (3), charitable organization. As a public charity, it can accept donations from individuals and/or corporations.
Who established the ATF Association Foundation?
The foundation was established by the ATF Association (ATFA), a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Iowa, consisting of former and current employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012. [www.atfassociation.org].
Why does the ATF Association Foundation exist?
The Foundation was established to provide aid and financial assistance to ATFA members in need, as well as survivors of members in times of stress, financial difficulty or impoverishment. The Foundation also aids dependents of deceased law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the enforcement of federal, state or local laws. In addition, scholarships may be offered to members and the children and grandchildren of members based on financial need, academic achievement and leadership qualities, however, none of the criteria is weighed more than another by the Foundation’s board members in determining grants.
How can YOU help the ATF Association Foundation?
Contributions and donations are the keys to its mission and continued success. Funds are needed to respond to a need which may arise suddenly without warning and to sustain the Foundation’s scholarship program. To donate, check may be made payable to: ATFA Foundation, c/o Joe Green, 4 Lauren Road, Palisades, NY 10964 or by going to: https://www.atfafoundation.org/