Tore Steen, founder and chairman of The Utah 1033 Foundation, announced the Foundation’s new Family Education Trust Fund at the Police Chief’s Annual Conference in St. George, Utah. The newly announced Family Education Trust Fund will assist the dependents of fallen officers with the cost of post-secondary education.
“Since the Foundation’s inception in 2011, we have been able to help five families during their times of extreme tragedy.” said Steen. “Today, we’re honored to announce our Family Education Trust Fund and expand our aid for the families of our fallen heroes.”
While the State of Utah allows these dependents to attend state colleges tuition-free, the Foundation recognizes that the costs of attending other institutions may be burdensome for many families. When an officer is killed in the line of duty, in addition to the $25,000 as immediate support, the Utah 1033 Foundation will set aside $25,000 to help the surviving family with the costs of higher education.
This trust fund will also work retroactively providing educational support to the five previous families whom The Utah 1033 Foundation has helped including the families of officers Jared Francom, Aaron Beesley, Derek Johnson, Cory Wride and Doug Barney.
“We hope to make an impact for these families,” said Steen. “They suffered a terrible loss and we cannot take that away, but we are hoping to help relieve some of this pressure and stress in this difficult time.”
The Foundation is currently seeking donors interested in supporting this new program. For more information on how you can help The Utah 1033 Foundation and its newly formed Family Education Trust Fund, visit http://www.utah1033.org.