WKU Police Department establishes scholarship from growing facial hair

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Across the country, it’s common for police departments to have policies in place regarding whether or not their officers may have facial hair while in uniform.

The Western Kentucky University Police Department has their own policy in regards to that issue, except they’re using theirs as a way to raise money and give back to the university.

WKU officers who choose to grow out their beards, mustaches, or goatees have been asked to donate $25 to WKU’s Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC). With 14 officers choosing to participate, $350 was raised, leading to the creation of the “Face of a Scholar” scholarship.

On Thursday afternoon outside of the ISEC office in Downing Student Union, WKU Officer Tim Gray presented the scholarship to the first recipient for this award, Darren Griggs.

Griggs was selected by staff to receive this inaugural scholarship because of the leadership and role model status that he exhibits in all areas of his life.

In order to be eligible to earn the scholarship, a student has to meet the following requirements:

  • Positive judicial record (on and off campus)
  • Active participant in ISEC
  • Exhibits leadership qualities/skills and serves as a positive role model for peers and others
  • Has a school-related financial need
  • 2.3 or better GPA

The Intercultural Student Engagement Center promotes a culturally inclusive campus environment, cultural awareness and competence, inter-group dialogue, engagement and intercultural interaction, and supports lifelong learning about self and others. The office serves as a hands-on recruitment and retention resource for the many cultural, religious/spiritual, and identity groups reflected within the WKU community.