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Scholarship Recipients Announced!

The Larry Monroe Scholarship Award is presented annually in memory of former FBI Agent Lawrence J. Monroe, one of the founders of the National Executive Institute (NEI). Larry played a crucial role in the initial program design, curriculum development and administration of many NEI programs during his long, distinguished career at the FBI Academy. His untimely death in 1999 led to the creation of this coveted scholarship.

Candidates for this award include all eligible NEI members’ children and grandchildren who are enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year undergraduate program or who are pursuing a masters or higher level degree.

The NEIA Scholarship committee unanimously decided that this year’s Larry Monroe Scholarship, in the amount of $2500 each, should be granted to Samuel H. Burbank and Miles W. Houser. 

Samuel Burbank is the grandson of Arthur “Mac” Connole, retired Chief, Salt Lake City P.D. and former Executive Director of the NEIA, and graduate of the 22nd NEI session.


Miles W. Houser is the son of Lashinda Stair, Assistant Chief, Detroit P.D. and graduate of the 39th NEI session.

Sam Burbank is a senior at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, was awarded the National Spanish Examination Award and was selected as Senior and Foreign Exchange Student Mentor. Sam has participated in numerous service projects, Art and Soup Fundraiser, Shoeboxes for Soldiers, and has spent long hours collecting clothing, and money for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Sam’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the year after he was born. Sam was also the team captain for his high school Lacrosse which won the State Championship this year. He will be attending Utah Valley University to play on their lacrosse team and to study engineering.

Miles W. Houser, is a senior at Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills, Michigan. Miles has been a member of the Chamber Choir, wrestling team, and the Thespian Society

Troupe at his high school. He has performed in dramatic plays and musicals and has found this is a way to give back to the community. Miles has participated in concerts and dramatic plays for young people, during his spring and winter breaks. He has been a Camp Counselor at Detroit City Camp working with children from five to twelve years old. Working at the Camp, has reinforced the lack of the arts in schools and also the desire of many to take part in them. Miles will be attending Central Michigan University this Fall and is committed to being an English Teacher and Theatre Director, with his ultimate goal of becoming a High School Principal.


Congratulations to Sam Burbank, and Miles Houser, recipients of a $2500 NEIA Monroe Scholarship.