C. Edward Keller, a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, has been honored by the Beaumont Foundation of America by a gift to an IUP scholarship named in Keller’s honor.
This spring, the Beaumont Foundation of America donated $60,000 to the C. Edward Keller Scholarship for Criminology and Criminal Justice at IUP, which was established in Keller’s honor by an initial gift from the Beaumont Foundation of America in 2015. The first scholarship recipient was selected in that same year.
Incoming freshmen students enrolled in IUP’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which provides full tuition to qualified underrepresented students who are Pennsylvania residents, enrolled in and remain in the major, and must have applied for admission to the IUP Cook Honors College.
The Texas-based Beaumont Foundation of America is “committed to a broad continuum of giving across the United States,” Keller said. “We seek grantmaking opportunities that enrich the lives and enhance the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families, and the elderly.”
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the university’s highest honor, recognizing alumni for pinnacle career achievement. Less than 360 alumni out of the university’s 150,000 alumni have been selected for this recognition.
A first-generation college student, Keller graduated from IUP in 1974 with a degree in criminology. While a student, Keller worked in campus security and spent time talking to Pennsylvania state troopers, who encouraged him to consider a career in law enforcement. Keller began his career with the Maryland State Police and retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a successful 20-year career with the FBI.
“It doesn’t matter where we start in life,” he said. “With a strong work ethic, integrity, and a good education, you can achieve and live the American dream. IUP gave me the necessary foundational skills and outstanding education to be successful in my law enforcement career.”
In the years since leaving the FBI, Keller has continued to cement his legacy of service as the president and CEO of the Beaumont Foundation. The Beaumont Foundation focuses its giving broadly across the United States, directing its support to underserved and disenfranchised populations with a goal of improving quality of life. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded $160 million in grants.
“To see these kids that may not have been able to attend college because they didn’t have the funds to attend…to be able to watch them mature and be successful gives a great deal of self-satisfaction,” Keller said. “I love being able to give back to the community and to IUP in particular.”
This donation is part of IUP's Imagine Unlimited $75-million comprehensive campaign, which currently has gifts totaling more than $62.5 million. The campaign will enable IUP to reach its vision and step forward as a national leader, distinguished by new thinking that has no limits and that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.
Students interested in the scholarship should contact the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at 724-357-2720 or visit the C. Edward Keller Scholarship page.