Scholastic Assistance Program

The Margaret Hacker Scholastic Assistance Program

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.  Two automobiles struck Officer Hacker on June 5, 1948 while rerouting traffic around live wires blown down during a storm. Officer Hacker succumbed to his injuries six days later. At the time of his death, Margaret and Raymond had four small children ranging from ages 1 1⁄2 – 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.

Each year, the St. Louis Police Wives’ Association distributes scholarships for our Margaret Hacker Scholastic Assistance Program in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hacker. This program was formed to assist police officers’ families with the expenses that come with education.

To Qualify:

  • Dependent applicants must be a biological child, adopted child, or stepchild of an active, retired, or deceased Law Enforcement Officer in
    Missouri or Illinois or an active SLPWA member. The student must be currently enrolled in a public, private or home-school K-12 program.
  • College or trade school applicants must provide schedule/registration for the following term.
  • New this year: If applying for the Officer category: must be an active LEO in good standing.
  • All applicants must represent a willingness to learn.
  • All applicants must complete the application form.
  • Complete the requirements for your entry level.

All applications must be received by May 31, 2021.  To download the 2021-2022 Scholarship Application, please click here.