If you are interested in applying for the Chief John J. McGowan Memorial Scholarship please see the requirements below. The application documents can also be downloaded below. The application may be printed out and completed or completed through Word and printed. Thank you for your interest.


The Chief John J. McGowan III Memorial Scholarship Foundation is currently accepting applications for its scholarships. The Chief John J. McGowan Scholarship was started in 2010 to promote the education for municipal police officers who are public servants that protect and serve their communities.  The goal of the foundation is to award annual scholarships to candidates who desire a career in law enforcement by seeking Municipal Police Officer Certification (Act 120) from the Montgomery County Police Academy.   Each awardee will receive a $3,500.00 scholarship.


  • Must be a cadet enrolled in the Montgomery County Police Academy Program
  • Must be or have attended the Police Academy at your own expense (no reimbursement from an employer or municipality)
  • Demonstrate a desire and intent to fulfill a leadership role in your chosen field of study
  • Must not be a prior recipient of the Chief John J. McGowan III Scholarship


  1. Scholarship Application Form.
  2. Current résumé
  3. Two letters of recommendation preferably from law enforcement professionals, addressed to Chief John J. McGowan Scholarship Committee.
  4. Completed Application Questionnaire
  5. An essay on the topic of what you hope to accomplish by becoming a police officer and how this will contribute to better protect the community in which you hope to serve.  In your essay please give specific examples to clarify your ideas. It should not exceed one page (8 ½ x 11, double-spaced).


All required documents and letters of recommendation should be mailed to the following address, preferably at least one week before the applicant’s graduation, so that the awardee may receive the scholarship award at the his/her class’s graduation. Applications received after this timeframe may be considered for the scholarship in the future, but will not awarded until the next academy graduation ceremony.

Chief John J. McGowan III
Memorial Scholarship Foundation
P.O. Box 1861
Horsham, PA  19044


Scholarship Application Information

Scholarship Application Forms Packet