Jean Hillstrand Memorial Scholarships The Jean Hillstrand Memorial Scholarship is named for a charter member of the Chiefs of Police Secretaries Association, which was organized in 1986. Mrs. Hillstrand served as the Secretary to the Chief of Police in the Berlin, Connecticut Police Department for 18 years. She was an active supporter of C.O.P.S.A. and made valuable contributions to the organization in its formative months. It is fitting and proper that this memorial scholarship is offered on the anniversary of her untimely death in 1988. Scholarships will be offered to foster pride and to encourage people to pursue higher education. Any person who is an employee of a Police Department whose Secretary is a member of C.O.P.S.A. is eligible to apply. Also, any student whose mother, father or guardian is an employee of a member police department is eligible. (Please see Chief’s Secretary for complete list). Applicants should be entering or enrolled in a formal program of higher education in an accredited school/college/university. Applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by March 31st. Selection of recipients will be based on academic achievement, financial need and excellence of general character. Names of scholarship recipients will be announced in April each year at the CPCA Expo.