Family Of Iowa State Trooper Sets Up Scholarship

Photo: Iowa State Patrol

(Undated) -- The family of a slain Iowa State Trooper says a scholarship has been set up in his name. Sergeant Jim Smith was killed in the line of duty the evening of April 9, 2021 in Grundy County. The scholarship is for Iowa high school seniors who are seeking to go into law enforcement or have family members who are in law enforcement. The deadline to apply is June 27th.

Smith was a 27-year veteran of the Patrol. He was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had barricaded himself in a home in Grundy Center, for several hours.


Sergeant Jim Smith of the Iowa State Patrol was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 9th, 2021. He lived his life devoted to service to God, his family, and his community. He saw the importance of being an officer in the way he went about the job. By his death, he made the ultimate sacrifice that a law enforcement officer can make: he laid down his life to save others. This scholarship is to help those seeking to go into law enforcement or those who have direct relatives who are law enforcement officers. Will you live a life of service like Sgt. Jim Smith?


In order to apply for this scholarship, we ask that each applicant: 

  • Be a graduating Iowa high school senior continuing their education in the fall of the same year
  • Have a High School GPA of at least 3.2 (Out of 4.0) 
  • Must be a US citizen and be a resident of Iowa 
  • Actively involved in a local church 
  • Pursuing a career in law enforcement OR have an immediate family member who is or has been a LEO (i.e. parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, or grandparent - may be retired)

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