Marion Hallman Scholarship

This scholarship created by CPOA provides fiscal assistance for Criminal Justice studies through funding up to $1000.00 from a financial donation bequeathed to this organization by the late Marion Hallman.


  • Recipient must be a full time resident of Palm Beach County
  • Scholarship is for undergraduate study in Criminal Justice
  • Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA

2011 Scholarship Recipient

Summit Christian School senior Belal Mahmood is the first recipient to receive funds from the Marion Hallman Scholarship issued by CPOA during his government class Tuesday, April 26, 2011 presented by Vice President Charles Orlando, Treasurer Mark Swanson and Secretary Bettie Barret (not pictured).
On May 2nd Lake Worth High School seniors Jessycaray Cook and Chrislande Germain each received checks during the school’s Criminal Justice Academy magnet program awards ceremony.Pictured are CPOA Treasurer Mark Swanson and Vice President Charlie Orlando.

History of Marion Hallman Scholarship Fund

Marion Hallman was an internal auditor for the Office of the State Attorney for over 25 years. She worked under (then) State Attorney David Bludworth, who was the principal founder of Palm Beach County’s Crime Prevention Officers Association.

On November 15, 1990, Marion Hallman’s only child died when he flipped off his motorcycle at Clint Moore Road and Congress Avenue and was struck by a van, which drove off as he lay in the roadway. Marion Hallman’s son was left to die. The fleeing driver was never caught.

Despite the tragedy, Marion Hallman set up an annual award through the Crime Prevention Officers Association in her son’s name (Richard Edward Vandera) for the officer or civilian who best worked to help children.

The 1991 recipient of the Richard Edward Vandera Award was Palm Beach Sheriff’s Deputy Kathleen Weakley, a child-safety officer who was honored for her exceptional devotion to the students with whom she interacted. Marion Hallman herself presented the award to Deputy Weakley November 15, 1991, exactly one year to the day from her son’s death.

Upon her own death in 2009, Marion Hallman bequeathed funds to the Crime Prevention Officers Association with a request that its members create a scholarship to provide funds to students pursuing criminal justice studies.

The scholarship created by the Crime Prevention Officers Association provides fiscal assistance up to $1,000 for undergraduate criminal justice studies at any accredited college or university within the State of Florida.

Summit Christian School senior Belal Mahmood and Lake Worth High School’s Criminal Justice Academy seniors Jessycaray Cook and Chrislande Germain were the first recipients to receive funds from the Marion Hallman Scholarship in the spring of 2011.

The Marion Hallman Scholarship continues to be funded by an annual fundraiser where proceeds go directly into the scholarship to maintain the final wishes of Marion Hallman who always remained a staunch supporter of this Association’s crime prevention efforts.

If you would like to make a donation directly to the Marion Hallman Scholarship Fund, please make checks payable to: CPOA – Marion Hallman Scholarship
mail to: CPOA
PO Box 17031 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-7031

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