Buckhannon Police Officer receives Hotsinpiller Scholarship

BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, July 28, the Lieutenant James W. Hotsinpiller Jr. and Deputy United States Marshal Derek W. Hotsinpiller Scholarship fund Board of Directors recently awarded five additional scholarships that included Buckhannon Police Department’s Officer Angel McCauley.

The scholarship honors the memory of Jim and Derek Hotsinpiller. Jim Hotsinpiller was a member of the Bridgeport Police Department at the time of his passing. Derek Hotsinpiller followed in his father’s footsteps, entering law enforcement and serving as a Deputy United States Marshal. He was fatally wounded while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. Since its creation, the board has awarded more than 50 scholarships statewide.

Angel McCauley is a 2008 graduate from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. She became an officer with Buckhannon Police Department in 2018 after graduating with the 176th Basic Class from the West Virginia State Police Academy. McCauley’s focus has been investigations and community policing. After receiving a promotion earlier this year, McCauley plans to help mold and shape four new patrolmen. McCauley was named police officer of the year runner-up in 2021. She is a nationally registered EMT who is also employed with Upshur County EMS. McCauley is a single mother of two and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice and sociology from West Virginia University.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity and thankful for the scholarship. After hearing about Derek, I want to be a positive influence in our community while using my degree,” said Officer McCauley.

Four additional individuals were awarded alongside McCauley. According to a press release submitted to The Record Delta, the following recipients were also named:

Christopher Short is a senior at Moorefield High School, where he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and been active in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and DECA. He attended the South Branch Career and Technical Center in Petersburg and participated in the Law and Public Safety program, receiving his certification of completion. Short will attend Potomac State College in the fall of 2022, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Intrigued by the law and protecting those in his community, he intends on applying to the West Virginia State Police Academy upon college graduation. He is an employee of Walmart and a member of Believers Victory Center in Moorefield.

Matthew Wolfe Delawder is a senior at Moorefield High School, where he is an honor roll student and member of the varsity wrestling and football teams. He is a five-year president of 4-H and a tour guide at the “World Famous Smoke Hole Caverns.” Delawder was chosen during the summer of 2021 to represent his school and state at the Envision Law and Forensics Forum in Washington, D.C., working with students from across the nation to learn about the legal system and crime-solving through forensics. He will attend West Virginia University this fall to study criminology. It has been his dream to protect others and stand up or the people who cannot stand up for themselves. His long-term goals include military service and application to the FBI or another federal agency, possibly doing detective work in his home state of West Virginia.

Hunter Finn is a junior at West Virginia University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology with a minor in forensic and investigative science. He was inspired by his dad, a former police officer, to pursue a career in law enforcement. He said he aspires to work in a career which positively impacts the lives of people at their lowest. Growing up in a Christian boys’ home in Atlanta – Eagle Ranch – he experienced firsthand how at-risk youth can head into a life of trouble unless positive reinforcement intervenes. He has acquired an empathy for young adults in trouble with the law and would be blessed to serve as a first responder, providing guiding light to turn lives around.

West Virginia State Trooper Devin Lowry is a husband and dad, enrolled in a Master’s Program for Development Psychology at Liberty University. He is assigned to the Wheeling Detachment in Ohio County. He has served as a trooper for 10 years and has had the pleasure of working in Upshur, Wetzel and Tyler counties.

Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship can get information from school counselors or online at www.hotsinpillerscholarship.com. Awards are also available to Law Enforcement Officers who are pursuing Criminal Justice degrees.

As long as applicants maintain their eligibility, scholarships are renewable for each semester of undergraduate study. Scholarships for graduating seniors are $500 per semester, renewable for four years. Scholarships for college students who have completed their sophomore year in a related field of study are $1,000 per semester, renewable for two years.

The Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars Memorial 5K, held in Bridgeport each year in June, is a major fundraiser for the scholarship fund. Private and corporate donations are also instrumental in ensuring the ability to award the scholarships.

Donations can be made to the Jim and Derek Hotsinpiller Scholarship Fund by mailing all correspondence to P.O. Box 392, Bridgeport, W.Va., 26330.


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