Announcing the Open Application Period for the LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams & Willis Scholarship – May 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

BACKGROUND: 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. LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams and Willis were killed. Twenty ATF agents were wounded from gunshots or shrapnel, and eight suffered other injuries. [Source: https://www.atf.gov/our-history/fallen-agents]

In keeping with the pledge to never forget our fallen brothers and sisters and with the stated objectives of the ATF Association Foundation, the Foundation’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the establishment of the LeBleu, McKeehan, Williams & Willis Scholarship recognizing the ultimate sacrifices made by ATF Special Agents Conway C. LeBleu, Todd W. McKeehan, Robert J. Williams and Steven D. Willis at the Branch Davidian Compound located near Waco, Texas, on February 28, 1993.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE LEBLEU, MCKEEHAN, WILLIAMS & WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP:

Eligibility: The awardee must be the child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a member of the ATF Association and be a high school senior or post graduate starting college for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year.

Application: Please provide a written composition between 300 and 500 words that best answers the following two questions: a) Why do you believe that you deserve the scholarship? and b) How do your accomplishments thus far exemplify some of those achieved by the men after which this scholarship is named?

In addition, please ensure that you provide:

  • Your full name, address, telephone number.

  • The name of the ATF Association member sponsoring you and your relationship to that

    person.

  • The name and address of your high school and your anticipated graduation date.

  • The name of the college/university you will be attending, your starting date and your major course of study if selected.

Please mail the composition to: ATF Association, 6919 Vista Drive, West Des Moines IA 50266

Or email to: atfa@atfassociation.org

Deadline for applying: June 30, 2020

Award Process: Applications will be reviewed by an ATFA WACO Scholarship Review Committee. The awardee(s) will be selected based on the quality of the responses provided to the questions posed above in a and b.

ABOUT THE ATF ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION:

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 in 2012 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). [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 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 heavily than another by the Foundation’s board members in determining grants.

How can YOU help the ATF Association Foundation?

Contributions and donations are the key to its mission and continued success. Funds are necessary to respond to a need which may arise suddenly without warning and to sustain the Foundation’s scholarship program. To donate, checks 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/