Sgt. Jody Horne, of the Clawson Police Department, bowls during the Police Department and Clawson Rotary Club’s fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights March 3 for local students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Sgt. Jody Horne, of the Clawson Police Department, bowls during the Police Department and Clawson Rotary Club’s fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights March 3 for local students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Clawson police, Rotary raise funds for scholarships

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 13, 2018

 Cathy Haney, of the Clawson Police Department, sells raffle tickets to Bernice Chene, of Clawson, whose son was a recipient of a past scholarship, during the bowling fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights March 3.

Cathy Haney, of the Clawson Police Department, sells raffle tickets to Bernice Chene, of Clawson, whose son was a recipient of a past scholarship, during the bowling fundraiser at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights March 3.

Photo by Donna Agusti

CLAWSON — On March 3, the Clawson Police Department and the Clawson Rotary Club held their ninth annual bowling event to raise funds for graduating high school seniors in Clawson who are seeking to pursue careers in law enforcement.

This year, Sgt. Kellie Bauss said the scholarship initiative raised $5,700 through not only the bowling fundraiser, but also largely in part to donations from more than 60 local businesses.

“Over half of that is from business donations,” she said. “To date, we’ve raised well over $45,000 since 2010, and had around 20 recipients prior to this year.”

Bauss said recipients have not yet been chosen for the scholarships. That will happen toward the end of May. Students will soon be able to apply for the scholarships through resources available from their school counselors or at the Clawson Police Department, she said.

“We’ve had anywhere from one to four (winners) each year,” she said. “It’s dependent on how much money we raise and also how many applications we get. We have specific requirements, and they also have to describe in an essay why they’re focusing on a career in criminal justice.”

Past recipients, she said, have gone down different paths in the criminal justice system, from patrol officers to forensics, and from law school to parole and probation positions.

She said the Clawson Police Department and the Clawson Rotary Club first began offering the scholarships because, at the time, there was nothing in the schools’ curriculums focused on law enforcement.

“It’s a vital part of keeping the economy running, and we really wanted the young people in our community to know how important the role is in preventing crime and keeping citizens safe,” Bauss said. “We really wanted to give them that opportunity, and just as a police department, we take a lot of pride in partnering with different entities — whether it be schools or businesses.”

She added that the Police Department partnered with the Rotary Club because, as a government entity, the department could not distribute the funds, but the Rotary Club, as a nonprofit organization, could.

Lt. Scott Sarvello attended the bowling fundraiser and helped sell 50/50 raffle tickets.

“It’s always a good time,” Sarvello said. “You get police officers and people that work in public safety from other departments, as well as the police chaplain was there. It’s a good night out for a fantastic cause.”

He said that the event is also a good way for the police to engage and connect with the community, including students and parents.

“Kellie has raised so much money,” Sarvello said. “We give scholarships to kids going into law enforcement, and every little bit helps. It’s so expensive for kids to go to school these days.”

Sarvello said that once the applications are completed, they come back to the Police Department, where the department reviews them to make sure everything matches the established criteria, and then the department chooses the recipients.

The scholarships, he said, will be presented during a scholars night, along with other community scholarships. 

For more information, call the Clawson Police Department at (248) 435-5000. The Police Department is located at 425 North Main St., north of West 14 Mile Road.