The David E. Whitmire Scholarship fund was created in 1999 by various members of
the Whitmire family to honor the life and career of David E. Whitmire.
David E. Whitmire joined the Akron Police Department in 1956. In 1965, he was appointed
to the rank of Sergeant, and in 1972 he was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant.
While working full time, raising four children, and managing a vast portion of real-estate,
he continued his education, obtaining three degrees from the University of Akron.
In 1971, he obtained an Associate degree in Applied Science Law Enforcement Technology.
In 1973, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education. In 1974, he was
the first at the University to obtain a degree in Afro-American Studies. In 1977,
he was appointed to the rank of Captain. DE Whitmire was also an Associate Criminal
Justice Professor at the University of Akron and at the University of Akron-Wayne
Tech Branch. He was the Vice President of the Kenmore Board of Trade for three terms
during the 1970s and later became the president. In 1984, he was the recipient of
the Black Law Enforcement Officer Association's Outstanding Community Service Award.
DE Whitmire also served as a member of the Akron Board of Trade Council and as a
planner/security director for most of Kenmore's Community Festivals throughout the
years. In 1990, Captain Whitmire retired from the Akron Police Force and continued
as an officer in the Executive Officers Akron Police Department Reserves for another
The deadline for applications is December 15th of every year. A recipient will be
picked at the end of each calendar year and will be awarded $500.00.