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The Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service is proud to announce that Kelly McArthur of Bloomington, Minnesota has been awarded the first Julie Cross Memorial Scholarship. The presentation was made on August 12 by SA Andy Kearns from the Minneapolis Field Office with her grandfather, AFAUSSS member and retired SA Bob Oberholtzer, by her side.
This scholarship was developed to commemorate the 50th year of female agents working for the U.S. Secret Service. The initial funding came through a generous donation from one of the first five female agents hired in 1971. It was named in Julie Cross’s memory as a tribute to an outstanding agent who represented the U.S. Secret Service honorably and set an example for future women agents to follow.
The $2,000 scholarship is meant to encourage and support women who are seeking a career in law enforcement. The Scholarship Committee unanimously agreed that Kelly’s accomplishments and focus on leadership with the goal of a career in federal law enforcement exemplified the values sought for the Julie Cross Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending Niagara University in the fall.
The AFAUSSS Foundation relies on donations from members and outside sources to fund this scholarship program and other noble endeavors. Thank you to all who support this mission.
From left to right: SA Andy Kearns, Kelly McArthur and retired SA Bob Oberholtzer