Linda Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Linda Marie Schmidt raised a family while rising to prominence as one of the nation’s leading youth violence prevention experts. Her work gained the attention of the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office, where she previously worked in the late 1960s. Upon her return to the FBI, she formed one of the Bureau’s first community outreach programs. As an FBI Community Outreach Specialist, Linda trained law enforcement, healthcare, education, and policy professionals on how to prevent the spread of violence in their communities. Linda later transferred to the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office, to expand the Office’s Community Outreach Program, notably through her management of the FBI Citizens’ Academy. Linda co-authored Gangs and Law Enforcement, wrote a WWII biography, presented and published nationally, and received numerous community service awards. Linda loved her family and the communities she served. Linda was driven yet selfless, tough yet kind, and above all was an inspirational and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.
This scholarship has been created to honor her service to God, country and family. This one year award is offered to women juniors, seniors or pursuing a master’s degree in college throughout the state of Ohio seeking a career in law enforcement at the federal, state or local levels. Areas of study may include forensic science, criminology, criminal justice, etc. Student must have a 3.0GPA and provide an additional essay explaining their reason for wanting to pursue a career in law enforcement.