Chesterfield Township Student Selected for Scholarship

CHESTERFIELD TWP. – The Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation is excited to announce the winner of

its scholarship.

Jacob Fournier of Chesterfield Township was selected for the organization’s scholarship. The 18-year-old

L’Anse Creuse North High School senior is graduating in June with a 3.5 grade point average.

The $500.00 award honors the late Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose. He was murdered on

a street investigation in Detroit in November 2016. He was pursuing a master’s degree from the university

at the time of his death.

“I am absolutely humbled and am thankful for the opportunity and support that the Foundation has given

me by selecting me for a scholarship,” Fournier said. “I appreciate your confidence in me and your

considerate investment to my future education.”

Fournier said the scholarship will help offset the cost of tuition at Macomb Community College where he

will pursue an associate degree in criminal justice.

Foundation President Chris Powell said their organization received more than 30 applications from

deserving students around the state for its inaugural scholarship. Applicants submitted essays, letters of

recommendation and transcripts for consideration. Fournier was selected following a review by the

organization’s 13-member scholarship and awards committee.

“Our committee is greatly impressed with Jacob’s story and his dedication to the community and furthering

his education,” Powell said. “He is a young man of integrity who will represent our hero and organization

well in the years to come. We are honored to celebrate him and help with his education.”

As a student Fournier has banked more than 400 hours of community service and served in his school’s

Air Force JROTC program until it was disbanded last year.

“Jacob has the drive, determination and forward thinking to lead peers and community members into

future endeavors that will enhance and strengthen his community,” said Carolyn Hosler, the school’s

community service coordinator. “He will not only be a positive role model, but a fair and hardworking

individual no matter what path of education or work force he seeks.”

Fournier also is a member of the Macomb County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program. He aspires to become

a third-generation law enforcement officer, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfathers and uncles.

"I've grown up with law enforcement," he said. “When they say it's in your blood, it truly is. It's what I've

always wanted to do. I've never wavered."

After completing his associate degree Fournier intends to join the military. He hopes to work as a military

police officer while enlisted. Upon completion of his enlistment, he plans to complete the police academy

and join a local police department.

“I want to give back to my community by honorably living the oath I take and remembering every officer

that has taken to the streets before me and sacrificed all in the line of duty,” Fournier said.

Clinton Township Police Sergeant Norm Graleski trusts Fournier will achieve his dream.

“I have known Jacob his entire life,” Graleski said. “Jacob exhibits qualities such as honest, integrity, selfmotivation, dedication and ambition which makes me proud to know him. He will represent the Foundation in a positive fashion.”