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Lieutenant James E. Breining and now the Scholarship Foundation that bears his name have supported Law Enforcement Exploring since 1966 and is pleased to offer this scholarship in support of the youth involved in this, the largest youth organization promoting a career of quality law enforcement.  Nearly 33,000 teenagers are part of this organization that was formed in 1959.  We offer this scholarship award to the active Law Enforcement Explorer who best embodies the character and spirit of the program.  James ‘Jim’ Breining was a tireless advocate of this youth organization dedicated to building character while advocating quality policing.

Character, ethics, and demonstrated leadership in Law Enforcement Exploring and in the community is what drove Jim Breining to remain a steadfast promoter of this program for his entire adult life.  To continue Jim’s tireless efforts, the foundation would like to help pay for college education for those Law Enforcement Explorers who possess these ideals and we encourage them to apply for this scholarship.

The foundation selects and announces the scholarship winner bi-annually on even numbered years coinciding with the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference.  The winner will be announced during the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in July.  We except applications between January 1st and April 30th each year of the conference.

Come on, be a part of Jim’s legacy and apply for the scholarship.

2016 Winner

                                              Dennis Stack IV
                            Marlboro Township Police Department
                            also pictured Barbara Breining (President)

2014 Winner

                      Zachary Brooks
         Henrico County Police Division

2012 Winners


Danielle Ann Christl
West Bend, WI Police Department Post #9911
also pictured Robert Tompkins (Trustee), Michele Leonhart (DEA Administrator) and Brett Morrison (Trustee)


Vincent Reda
Greenburgh, NY Police Department Post #2003

Law Enforcemetn Exploring

The James E. Breining Scholarship Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization recognized by the IRS.