2019

The deadline is approaching for Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE) members and their families to apply for a $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship.

Applications and any attachments must be completed and received by the Michigan Association of Public Employees office no later than March 1, 2019.RaiderScholars4019web

Qualifications include:
• Permanent resident of the State of Michigan
• Member of, or immediate family member of: Michigan Association of Public Employees, Michigan Association of Police or Michigan Association of Fire Fighters
• Applicants must complete a high school education or equivalent by June 30, 2019

The mission of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund is to assist members and their families who are motivated to improve society by enhancing their future careers through a college education. Carl Parsell Scholarships are awarded to deserving college bound students who desire assistance with their college tuition.

Two individuals received Carl Parsell Scholarships in 2018.

Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2019-2020 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. Funds derived from The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500.

Scholarship Applications and conditions for eligibility are available under Scholarship Information on this website. For more information, contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7159 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Good luck 2019 Carl Parsell Scholarship applicants! Thank you for your submissions. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-20 school year.

In March and April, the Scholarship Selection Committee begins the selection process which is completed in May. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their status on or before June 1, 2019. Carl Parsell Scholarship winners will be formally recognized during the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing on June 13, 2019.

Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2019-20 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two- or four-year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license.Scholarship candidates must have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2019.

Funds derived from The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500. In July and August, The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund mails Scholarship checks to each Scholar’s college or university.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

Rich Heins has spent his career helping fellow law enforcement officers, from serving as President of his local Union board to Executive Board President of MAP. So, when a duty injury pushed him into retirement, Heins decided to put his skills to work as a full-time MAPE Labor Relations Specialist.

Over a year ago Heins, a Sterling Heights Police K-9 Officer and K-9 trainer, was injured during a K9 training exercise. “It was a certification trial,” Heins said. “I set my dog loose for apprehension, ran after him and stepped in a hole and broke my left foot and ankle.”

Labor Relations Specialist Rich Heins

The injury was so severe, the 53-year-old had to take a year off police work while he went through several surgeries and physical therapy. He came back on light duty to train more K9s for 16 weeks in 2018 before doctors recommended he undergo another surgery in early 2019. Heins decided to retire from police work in mid-March and began working as a Labor Relations Specialist.

Heins helped start the Sterling Heights K9 program and his love of dogs and helping other officers led him to become a trainer. “In 1995, I had the first dog, Rolf. There was a Lieutenant at the time that wrote the proposal. I helped him write it and City Council accepted and we got a dog,” Heins said. “I always loved dogs. When I was in college, I had a frat house Great Dane and had dogs my whole life. It was an epiphany, something I always wanted to do.”

Heins worked with two other police K9s during his career – Morgan and then Chase. Chase was retired in November 2018 after serving the department 10 years and currently lives with Heins. Heins thanked Sterling Heights City Councilwoman Deanna Koski for helping make the Police Department’s K-9 program possible nearly 25 years ago. “I believe my career went the way it went because of Councilwoman Koski and being able to establish this K-9 unit,” he said in a C&G Newspaper article.

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are invited to attend a series of free monthly Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAPE Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAPE Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Seminars scheduled Jan. 25 and March 29, 2019 will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at seminars scheduled on Feb. 22 and April 26, 2019. All Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people by calling Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7159, ext. 231 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get your clubs out and join the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing Thursday, June 13, 2019 for a fun-filled day on the course complete with refreshments, lunch at the turn and a steak dinner at the end of the round.

Golfers must register on or before May 20, 2019 to insure their spot for this Links of Novi outing, which supports The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Fund.Golf15IMG 2634

At least $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded on behalf of the fund for continued education in 2019. Since the fund's establishment, over $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded.


Gifts and prizes worth over $4,000 will be given away for: the first two places, Longest Drive for men and women, Closest to the Pin for men and women, Skins, Las Vegas Hole and raffles. Prize donations are welcome, and all donations are tax deductible.

Reservations are accepted on first-come first-serve basis for the 18-hole outing with golf carts provided. The cost is $110 for individuals or $440 for a foursome.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our sponsors who very graciously supported the golf outing last year with their Golf Hole Sponsorship contributions! We are seeking their continued support this year and that of new sponsors for this very worthy cause. Those wishing to sponsor a hole may do so for $250 by completing the sponsorship form.

Click here for more information and to print the registration and sponsorship form, which are due with payment by May 20, 2019. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Proceeds from the golf outing are used for the direct funding of the Michigan Association of Police (MAP), Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE), and Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in honor of Carl Parsell, a pioneer of the law enforcement union movement, who passed away in October 1990.

For more information, contact the MAPE office at (248) 509-7158.