Officer Shuping’s widow establishes RCCC scholarship in his memory

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2022

SALISBURY — Haylee Shuping, wife of fallen Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping, has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship in her husband’s memory that will provide financial assistance to qualified Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students enrolled in the College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.

The Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship will honor Shuping’s legacy by encouraging BLET students to pursue their goal of becoming a law enforcement officer and contributing to a strong community of law enforcement talent.

Shuping lost his life at age 25 after being shot by a carjacking suspect on Dec. 6, 2020. His partner was wounded, and the suspect was killed in a shootout with other officers responding to the scene. Shuping was the second officer in the Concord Police Department’s history to die in the line of duty.

Shuping, a Salisbury native, followed in his brother’s footsteps in becoming a law enforcement officer. After graduating magna cum laude from UNC-Pembroke, where he majored in criminal justice and sociology and minored in terrorism studies, he completed the BLET program at Rowan-Cabarrus and was recognized as the top shooter in his class.

Shuping began his career as an officer with the Concord Police Department and, during his 18 months of service, received numerous commendations for going above and beyond his duties. His call number, 4434, was officially retired by the City of Concord as a permanent reminder of his dedication to serving his community.

“As someone who helped in supporting my husband through the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Rowan-Cabarrus, I understand the sacrifices cadets make in choosing to be part of the program,” Haylee Shuping said. “Many cadets are unable to be employed while in the program due to the long hours required in class, and they must rely on their partners or families for financial support. Before this endowed scholarship, there was no specific funding available to assist BLET cadets.”

In addition to the endowment, Haylee Shuping is contributing $1,500 for a scholarship to be awarded to a student this fall, while the endowment earns spendable income to be used for future scholarships. To add to the funding available to assist Rowan-Cabarrus students, she will be holding a T-shirt sale beginning April 18. Memorial T-shirts will be available for $27.95 via Grunt Style (www.gruntstyle.com) beginning April 18, with a portion of each sale going to the scholarship fund.

“I am touched by Haylee Shuping’s grace and generosity in honoring her husband by assisting students who want to make a difference by pursuing a career in law enforcement,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship will have a lasting impact on our students and community as Jason’s legacy continues to give back to those who are committed to making a difference in law enforcement.”

To make a donation to the Officer Jason Shuping Memorial Public Safety Endowed Scholarship, visit www.rccc.edu/foundation/endowments. 

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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