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Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, today announced that a memorial scholarship has been established to honor Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden, who was shot in January in the line of duty and died of her injuries one month later. Bowden is the first Columbia police officer to die from an assault in the line of duty.
Bowden graduated from Columbia College in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration. "Molly enjoyed attending Columbia College because it provided the personal atmosphere in which she always thrived," said Molly's father, David Thomas. "This scholarship is one way to give something back to the community that has been so supportive to us, and at the same time keep Molly's memory alive."
Once fully funded, the goal of the Molly S. Thomas Bowden Memorial Scholarship is to provide a full tuition scholarship to a female majoring in criminal justice administration or forensic science with a 3.0 GPA who attends the Day Campus or Evening Campus in Columbia.
"Many people were looking for a way to honor Molly once they knew the family was being taken care of through the Officer Down Fund and other resources," said Dr. Joe Carrier, associate professor of criminal justice administration at Columbia College. "I am pleased the family has chosen this scholarship as her legacy. It is something that will live on in perpetuity."
"Both Molly and her husband, Corey, are graduates of Columbia College," said Brouder. "We appreciate the family's desire to help young women who wish to earn a college degree in criminal justice or forensic science."
For information about how you can contribute to the Bowden Memorial Scholarship, contact Bill Sheehan, executive director of Development and Alumni Services, at (573) 875-7563.