The Lt. Aaron L. Crook Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Concord University Foundation in memory of Lt. Crook, a Bluefield, W.Va. police officer killed in the line of duty in May 2017. The scholarship honors his memory and dedication to his family and the community he served.
Lt. Crook was born in Summers County, W.Va. Following graduation from Pipestem Christian Academy, he received a degree in Criminal Justice from Bluefield State College. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for six years and joined the Bluefield Police Department in February 2008. Lt. Crook was a husband and father of two.
To be eligible for the Lt. Aaron L. Crook Memorial Scholarship, a Concord student must be a child of a first responder (EMT, paramedic, firefighter or police officer) and must be a resident of Mercer or Summers counties. Interested students MUST complete an online application.
Friends and family of Lt. Crook and the local community held fundraisers to fund the scholarship. If you would like to donate to this fund, please visit www.concord.edu/donate Be sure to click Lt. Aaron L. Crook Memorial Scholarship from the Designation drop-down menu.
The first Aaron’s Mile – Memorial Walk and & Police Challenge was held at the Bluefield City Park in October 2017. In September 2018 the event moved to the Princeton City Park.
Deadline for Fall 2021 is Friday, April 30, 2021.