International Union of Police Associations



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Ten Edward J. Kiernan Memorial Scholars Selected for 2022!


Annually, the I.U.P.A. selects impressive students who demonstrate both academic excellence as well as the desire to pursue studies and careers within the law enforcement and labor fields in order to assist them with the costs of attending an academic institution. This year, some extremely impressive students were selected. They came from all across the United States and their career interests ranged between fields in forensics, federal and local law enforcement, law, and more!


2022 Recipients:

  • Carolina Vazquez-Bello of Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Gabriel Gersberg of Coral Springs, Florida
  • Gavin Linkous of Rossford, Ohio
  • Haley Stewart of Denham Springs, Louisiana
  • Isaiah Scott Bruhn of Waterville, Ohio
  • Kaisa Oja of Cowiche, Washington
  • Matthew Coleman of Cooper City, Florida
  • Max Steiner of Sarasota, Florida
  • Taylor Gauthier of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Trinity Cowles of Pasco, Washington


The Edward J. Kiernan Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 by Sam A. Cabral, I.U.P.A.’s International President, to honor Edward J. Kiernan, a New York City Police Officer and former I.U.P.A. President, in recognition of Eddie’s long commitment to the improvement of law enforcement officers’ and their families’ lives. In order to qualify for a Kiernan scholarship, an applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member of an affiliate of the I.U.P.A.  The applicant must also be accepted at an accredited university or college in a course of study in law enforcement, labor relations, or a related field.   He or she must submit a transcript as well as their SAT scores and a letter of recommendation by an official from the applicant’s school.





Originally chartered in 1979, the International Union of Police Associations is the only chartered labor union that exclusively represents law enforcement personnel.  The I.U.P.A. represents active-duty, rank and file law enforcement professionals and emergency medical personnel nationwide – including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  The I.U.P.A.’s mission is to protect and advance officers’ wages, benefits, and work conditions.  Membership includes officers from agencies throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  More information is available at