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Bequest Establishes Largest Scholarship Fund in Criminal Justice History

A $250,000 bequest from the estate of the late Lee Anna E. Blick will establish the Roy Early Blick Memorial Scholarship in the College of Criminal Justice to honor her husband's lifetime pursuit of crime prevention. The fund is the largest scholarship gift ever received by the college, and will benefit students dedicated to the prevention of crime and the practice of criminal justice.

  Lee Anna was impressed by Northeastern's practice oriented approach to education through the
co-op program and by the college's curriculum, and decided to include the University in her will.

Although neither of the Blicks was a graduate of Northeastern, the field of criminal justice was very much a part of their lives. Roy had served for many years in the Washington, D.C., police department as a lieutenant of detectives and head of the vice squad.

Following Roy's death, Lee Anna researched criminal justice programs at numerous colleges across the country as part of her philanthropic planning. She was impressed by Northeastern's practice oriented approach to education through the co-op program and by the college's curriculum, and decided to include the University in her will.

Lee Anna believed the values of the University most closely matched her own and those of her husband. "Roy set an example of honesty, courage, hard work, and justice that influenced his peers and inspired his subordinates," said David C. Saalfrank, the trustee of her estate. "Lee Anna looked to Northeastern, in that regard, as a trusted steward of his legacy."

"Northeastern is honored and grateful to receive this generous gift — particularly from someone with no previous ties to the University," said Jack R. Greene, CJ '73, dean of the College of Criminal Justice. "The Blick Scholarship will be an important tool in attracting and retaining talented students, and will help the college advance its highest aspirations."

The college aims to become one of the top ten schools of criminology in the nation, and is expanding its focus beyond traditional law enforcement to encompass all aspects of criminology research and policy.

 

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  This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 2003 issue of Pathways: The Leadership Campaign          

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