Scholarship tradition continues for family of slain MSP trooper

Courtesy Photo Lisa Shanley, daughter of late Michigan State Police Trooper Larry Forreider; Betty Thom, his former wife; Ashley Parker, the 2017-18 Trooper Larry Forreider Scholarship recipient; and ACC President Don MacMaster gathered recently for the presentation of a family donation to help fund the scholarship.

The tradition continues. The family of late Michigan State Police Trooper Larry Forreider has forgone purchasing Christmas gifts for one another for the past three years. Betty Thom, former wife of Forreider and their children, Mark (Judy) Forreider of Denver, Colo., and Lisa Shanley (Greg Midkiff) of Mattawan, made the decision during Thanksgiving dinner in 2015 to donate $500 annually to the Trooper Larry Forreider Scholarship Fund.

Thom, a resident of Alpena, said, “This is a way for our family to honor Larry and pay his legacy forward to the next generation of law enforcement officers. We have had the privilege of meeting some outstanding scholarship recipients over the years, which is a direct reflection on Larry Thomson and the caliber of the Criminal Justice Program at Alpena Community College.”

Thom added that next to family, her husband valued the power of education and continued taking classes while working with the Michigan State Police.

In 1974, Forreider was shot and killed while in the line of duty and in pursuit of a suspect on the northern outskirts of Alpena. This scholarship fund was established with the Alpena Community College Foundation in 1975 and is awarded to ACC sophomore students majoring in law enforcement and a graduate for a high school in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency or Presque Isle counties.

For additional information about this scholarship or to create a scholarship fund, call Executive Director Penny Boldrey at 358-7297 or email