Police Commissioner And Community College Of Philadelphia To Accept Scholarships From Kal And Lucille Rudman Foundation
PHILADELPHIA, May 31, 2011—The Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation is providing scholarships to pay tuition for 25 city police officers to further their education at Community College of Philadelphia.
Philanthropist Kal Rudman will present a $12,000 donation to the College and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey during an event that will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, in Room C2-28 at the College’s Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets. Past recipients of Rudman scholarships also will be present.
The foundation contribution will cover tuition for eligible police officers to attend courses in the College’s Justice Program. Police officers can attend courses in subjects such as Organized Crime, Political Science and Computer Information Systems that are taught by the College’s faculty at the Philadelphia Police Academy or at the College’s Main Campus or three Regional Centers. As of the completion of the summer 2011 semester, the Rudman Foundation will have provided 376 students with grants totaling $146,743.
One beneficiary of the Rudman Foundation is Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Brian Sprowal, who received multiple Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation Tuition Grants while attending the College. Looking to further his career, Sprowal enrolled at the College while he was a sergeant in the Philadelphia Police Department. He took classes at the Police Academy, at the College’s Main Campus and at Cambria Community Center prison as part of the College’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.
A native of North Philadelphia, Sprowal was so moved by the Inside-Out experience that he followed in the footsteps of the Rudmans’ and committed to underwrite a scholarship for one of the inmate students, if the student pursues higher education once he is released from prison.
“Community College of Philadelphia was a great starting point for me because I wasn’t ready for a four-year school when I graduated from public high school. I wasn’t mature enough,” said Sprowal, who would like to someday advance to the level of chief of police. “I would also like to teach because I think we need teachers who can say to inner-city students, ‘I was you. This is what I did to get where I am today, and you can do it too.’”
Sprowal graduated from the College in 2009 with highest honors, earning an associate’s degree in Justice. Last October, he was promoted to lieutenant. He is now platoon commander of the 16th Police District, where he manages 47 officers. He recently received a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management from Gwynedd-Mercy College, and he is weighing his options for obtaining a master’s degree.
He is the kind of student the Rudmans had in mind when they created their foundation. Kal Rudman is a Philadelphia native and a music and show business pioneer. He is the founder and publisher of six radio and music industry publications, including The Friday Morning Quarterback. He and his wife are noted philanthropists. Their foundation is particularly interested in education and public safety.