J. Steven Bryan Scholarship

In Honor of a Life of Service

J. Steven Bryan proudly served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star.  Graduating from The Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, he went on to receive a BA from Methodist University, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Utah.  After graduation he went on to have a lifelong career in the Human Resources Field.

He dedicated much of his time to veterans and their families, and spent countless hours assisting them with benefits claims and helping them access other resources.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6364, held the position of Post Service Officer, and was an All American Post Commander.  His dedication to others and generosity of spirit is the reason why the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6364 established this scholarship program to be named in his honor.

The purpose of this scholarship is to increase opportunities for US Military Veterans who have chosen to continue a life of service in the law enforcement profession.  This is a full scholarship offered once a year for the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) and a partial scholarship offered once a year for the First Line Supervisors Training School.

This is a needs based scholarship that is available to sworn law enforcement officers employed by state and local government law enforcement agencies located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a US Military Veteran; preference is given to combat veterans.

For more information on this scholarship, or for the scholarship application, please contact Stephanie Diaz at stephanie@vachiefs.org.

Past Scholarship Awardees

Lieutenant Craig V. VanClief
Hampton University Police Department
United States Navy Veteran
(PELS Session 50 - 2022)

Sergeant Joseph W. Dooley, Jr.
Bedford Police Department
United States Navy Veteran
(First Line Supervisors Training School - 2021)

Chief Na'Shayla Nelson
Maxton NC Police Department
United States Army Reserve Veteran
(PELS Session 47 - 2020)

Chief William D. Wilkerson
Blue Ridge CC Police Department
United States Marine Corps/United States Air Force Veteran
(PELS Session 46 - 2020)

Deputy Chief Sean M. Ingram
VSU Department of Police & Public Safety
United States Marine Corps Veteran
(PELS Session 44 - 2019)