The Glenn Hilliard Legacy Scholarship has been established at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The scholarship honors the life and legacy of Corporal Glenn Hilliard, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy, who tragically passed in the line of duty on June 12, 2022. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a career in law enforcement and is attending Cpl. Hilliard’s alma matter, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The scholarship, held at the Community Foundation, was created with a pledge of up to $350,000 towards the scholarship from the Humphreys Foundation. This pledge consists of a gift of $10,000 per year for five years, with an additional $1 for every $2 raised in donations, for up to $75,000 per year for four years.
Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, who served as Hillard’s Chief and mentor during his employment with the Berlin Police Department, is serving as the Chairman of the Glenn Hilliard Legacy Scholarship Fund Committee.
“I hope this scholarship will be a living legacy, one that will allow Glenn’s spirit to touch and enrich the lives of others well beyond our years,” said Downing. “My wish is that Glenn’s life story will encourage others to pursue a career in law enforcement, especially those underrepresented in the profession. Additionally, I hope the scholarship will eliminate the financial barriers that can often derail the purest dreams.”
Corporal Hilliard’s 18-year law enforcement career included service as a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy, Deputy U.S. Marshall Task Force Officer, Crisfield Police Officer, Berlin Police Officer, and Seasonal Police Officer for Ocean City Police Department.
“Glenn was a true self motivator,” said Downing. “He strived to be a better police officer each day -- never away from a position, but rather running to a better situation in his commitment to service.”
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the scholarship fund visit CFES.org/donate and select “Glenn Hilliard Legacy Scholarship” in the drop-down menu. The scholarship fund is managed by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.