The Kansas City National Security Campus is offering a $5,000 renewable scholarship in memory of Lt. Darwin DuPree, a beloved and well respected KCNSC Protective Force training officer, writer and father of three who passed away after suffering a heart attack in December.
DuPree managed the Protective Force training program at KCNSC and led the active shooter training, which has been identified as a best practice across the Nuclear Security Enterprise. In that role, he provided leadership training to the protective force officers, dispatchers, and command staff to ensure effective execution of federal and institutional requirements. He also was named a 2019 Kansas City Black Achiever.
In an announcement, Honeywell, which is the management and operating contractor at KCNSC, said it is offering this scholarship, renewable for up to four years, because of DuPree’s passion for helping others and his strong character.
“Darwin was larger than life,” said KCNSC Security Director Shawn Geib. “He was a true inspiration to everyone and he made all of us try harder professionally and personally.”
The Honeywell Black Achievers Law Enforcement Scholarship is for a deserving African American student from the Kansas City area who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, public safety, or cyber security. Applications are due March 13.
Before joining KCNSC, DuPree was a police officer with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department and Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Departments. His father had also worked as a police officer in Kansas City.
While in Arizona, DuPree collaborated with Mi Haley, wife of Alex Haley, who wrote “Roots.” Together they wrote old slave trade stories. When he retired from the police department in Arizona, his path led to KCNSC.
Before his law enforcement career he also tried his hand at acting. Some of his roles included Dracula and the plant voice in the “Little Shop of Horrors.”
He majored in psychology and drama and earned a Master of Performing Arts at Oklahoma City University. While there, DuPree wrote a musical titled, “I Have a Dream,” a musical was about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was performed on stage.
The scholarship is a tribute to DuPree and those he influenced during his life.