The inaugural Eric Williams Race for Justice event that was held in May on the campus of Luzerne County Community College
will benefit a Government, Law & National Security program student at Misericordia University.
Eric Williams' family presented a $1,000 scholarship from the proceeds of the event that was held locally and at 11 other locations across the United States, including California and New Hampshire. The money will be awarded to a student in good standing in the academic program based on need.
The relay races were held to honor the slain federal correctional officer, and to raise scholarship funds and awareness to the inherent dangers that correctional officers and law enforcement officials face daily. Overall, eight scholarships – one national, six regional and one at random – were awarded from the proceeds of the annual event.
Eric Williams, a Nanticoke, Pa., native, was on duty at the United States Penitentiary Canaan in Wayne County, Pa., on Feb. 25, 2013 when he was attacked and killed. Inmate Jesse Con-Ui is facing first-degree murder charges and the death penalty in the case, which is expected to go to trial next year.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
Proceeds from the inaugural Eric Williams Race for Justice will benefit a Government, Law & National Security program student at Misericordia University. Participating in a ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Jean Williams, Eric's mother; Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president, Misericordia University; Allison Hrivnak, Eric's godchild; Don Williams, Eric's father, and Christopher Stevens, Ph.D., director of the academic program.