Scholarship FAQ

The Margaret Hacker
Scholastic Assistance Program

Who is The Margaret Hacker Scholastic Assistance Program named after?

The Margaret Hacker Scholastic Assistance Program is named after St. Louis Police Wives’ Association member, Margaret Hacker. Margaret Hacker was the wife of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Raymond Hacker, who tragically died in the line of duty on June 11, 1948. Officer Hacker was struck by two automobiles on June 5, 1948 while rerouting traffic around live wires blown down during a storm. He succumbed to his injuries six days later. At the time of his death, Margaret and Raymond had four small children ranging from ages 1 ½ – 12 years old. After his death, Margaret received $96 from the Police Department. To care for her children, she moved in with her parents where she remained and eventually learned how to drive and got a job. Shortly after the St. Louis Police Wives’ Association was formed, she joined and held the job of Secretary for many years and kept the organization going. Margaret was an active member of Police Wives’ until her death in 2001. Many times Margaret mentioned how she wished Police Wives’ existed when she was going through the death of her husband.
Who is eligible to apply?

Biological or adopted child(ren) of an active, retired or deceased Law Enforcement Officer
REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be currently enrolled in a public, private or home school. Applicant may be in grades K-12 or in a college or trade school.

The spouse of a police officer
REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be enrolled in college.

Categories and scholarship amounts for the 2017-2018 school year are as followed:

○ Grades K – 2: TWO $500.00
○ Grades 3 – 5: TWO $500.00
○ Grades 6 – 8: TWO $500.00
○ Grades 9-12: TWO $1,000.00
○ Dependent College & Trade School: TWO $1,000.00
○ Spouse College: TWO $1,000

*Any additional requirement(s) can be viewed on specific category application located here.
Do you accept applications past the deadline date?

All applications must be received by end of day July 1, 2017.  Applications received after that time will not be considered for judging.


When are winners announced?

Scholarship winners will be contacted via phone/email by a SLPWA Scholarship Committee member by July 15, 2017.


Are scholarships renewable?

Yes. As long as all requirements are met, any child or spouse is able to submit a new scholarship each year, regardless of if they are a past winner. Any past winnings do not increase future winning odds.


When are funds distributed?

Funds are distributed at our annual Winners Brunch. Date/time/location TBA
How can funds be used?
Funds will be granted for tuition assistance or for school supplies.

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