New Scholarship Honors Police Officer

The University of Central Arkansas Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Jeremy Duplessis UCA Police Department Student Assistance Fund. This fund was created in memoriam and honor of Jeremy Duplessis, a former officer of the UCA Police Department who served the UCA campus community from 2005 to 2009.

This scholarship, started by his sister Jeannine Hamilton, was created to assist the officers and employees of the UCA Police Department and their children in being able to further their education.

“UCAPD officers faithfully serve the UCA campus community everyday by ensuring the safety of all who visit, are educated and work on the campus,” said Hamilton.

Officer Jeremy Duplessis was born in New Orleans but spent most of his life in Poplarville, Miss. At just 33 years old, he passed away in March 2011 after being struck by a reckless driver. Throughout his short but full life he believed in helping and serving others in every way possible, giving his time and attention to anyone who asked. He has served as a US Army soldier, a pharmacy technician, a handy man, a mechanic, an instructor, a wonderful brother, uncle and loving son.

Through this new endowed fund, Officer Duplessis will continue his legacy of service by assisting his fellow officers’ educational endeavors, which in turn continues to serve the UCA campus community.

“This gift and the creation of the endowed student assistance fund is a great honor to Jeremy. We are profoundly grateful for Jeremy’s service to our campus community and for this very generous gift from Jeannine,” said UCA Police Chief Larry James. “Jeremy proudly wore the uniform and was unselfishly committed to his work and the university. He enriched the lives of all he touched through his compassion and willingness to become involved in the concerns of others.”

For more information on donating to the Jeremy Duplessis UCA Police Department Student Assistance Fund, contact the UCA Foundation at (501) 450-5288 or toll free (800) 981-4426.