WASHINGTON, DC and ATLANTA — A high-achieving pre-med student whose late father was a 9/11 hero in the New York Police Department is the recipient of the Sgt. Hubie Perez Memorial Scholarship from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Teron Merriweather, a student at St. John’s University in New York, was awarded the scholarship for the second year in a row. The scholarship is given annually to an outstanding spouse, child or dependent of a traumatically injured officer to help continue their education. The $5,000 scholarship is underwritten by LexisNexis Risk Solutions.
Merriweather is the youngest son of Detective 1st Class Tommy Merriweather, who after the terror attacks of 9/11, worked tirelessly sorting through the remains of the World Trade Center to retrieve and identify victims. As a result of that work, he contracted pancreatic cancer which caused his death in 2013 at the age of 50.
It was during his father’s cancer treatments when Teron became intrigued with becoming a doctor. He began preparing for medical school while still in high school, enrolling in college courses and attended a STEM program at Stony Brook University, as well as shadowing doctors at Southside Hospital on Long Island.
Merriweather is also a notable scholar athlete. His honors include the National Collegiate Athletic Association Award, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, New York State Public High School Athletic Association for Scholars and HCARE Award, as well as being named to the National Honor Society. Merriweather also achieved Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America, and has volunteered at charitable organizations like Habit for Humanity and his local soup kitchen.
“We are honored to partner with the IACP Foundation in sponsoring the Sgt. Hubie Perez Memorial Scholarship,” said Ken Mekeel, NYPD Inspector (Ret.) Real Time Crime Center and Law Enforcement Liaison, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Sgt. Perez served the public as an exemplary member of the New York City Police Department and then joined the LexisNexis Risk Solutions family to continue to protect the public with analytic tools and technology. He would be honored that Teron – a young man who is so committed to helping others – had received this scholarship in his name.”
The $5,000 Sgt. Hubie Perez Memorial Scholarship is part of the IACP Foundation’s Still Heroes Scholarship Fund. The Fund offers opportunities for traumatically injured officers or their family members to further their educational pursuits.
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