By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American high school students are welcome to join the Trooper Chong Soo Lim scholarships if they are at least one-fourth Asian by birth or by descent.
Oak Park, Illinois Police Department Detective Ron Bongat of the Dinner Committee of the Asian American Law Enforcement Association Education Scholarship Fund Application 2015 said applicants must also submit a minimum 500-word essay on how to improve relationships between members of the community and the Law Enforcement agencies.
Also applicants must be a high school junior or senior, applying to enroll in an accredited college or be enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited college or university.
Applicants must also currently maintain a “B” average (3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale) or higher, during his/her high school career.
They should also submit a short biography with an attached photograph and should submit an official high school transcript to this scholarship application.
Completed application must be submitted by Oct. 7, 2015 and must be mailed to Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA), P. O. Box 56652, Chicago, IL 60656.
The scholarship awards will be given away to the winning recipients at the awards dinner on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Tang’s Garden Restaurant at 1826 S. Canal Chicago, IL 60616.
The award honors South Korean American Illinois State Police Trooper Chong Soo Lim, who was making a traffic stop at the Northwest Tollway when his patrol car was rear-ended on June 6,1995 and died when his patrol car burst into flames.
Trooper Lim of District 15, Oak Brook stopped a car in I-90, near Hoffman Estates when a pick-up truck struck the rear of his vehicle and forced it into the vehicle in front of him.
The force of the collision caused the gas tank to explode and trapped Trooper Lim inside of his vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) and charged with manslaughter for Trooper Lim’s death.
Trooper Chong Soo Lim was the first Asian officer killed in the line of duty in Illinois. This scholarship award was created in remembrance of Trooper Lim, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of his duties and awards (2) two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to (2) two qualified applicants.
Interested parties who want to attend the $55-dinner ticket event may call the following: Thomas Freitag, Chicago Police Dept. Unit 610 at 773.732.5892; Ron Bongat, Oak Park Police Dept. Div. at 773.793.8672; Khalid Bin-Walid, Illinois State Police, Trooper at 773.807.1112; Alex Kim, Chicago Police Dept. Unit 189 at 773.600.3380; Jasen Woo, Illinois State Police, Gaming Board at 773.447.0292; David Chu, Chicago Police Dept. Unit 211 at 773.306.8454; Richard Kong, Cook County Sheriff, Court Services at 312.282.6617; Will Lapitan, Chicago Police Dept. 020 District at 312.742.8770; Norman Kwong, Chicago Police Dept. Unit 177 at 312.961.7280 and Martin Natividad, Chicago Police Dept. Unit 261 at 630.525.0314.
The AALEA is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization and a member of the National Asian Peace Officer Association