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.

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend free fall 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. Two fall seminars are scheduled Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, 2019. The Sept. 20 seminar will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at Oct. 25 seminar. 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. Call Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7159, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Photo by Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor                                                                        MAPE Recently elected MAPE Executive Board Officers (from left) President Jeff Heston, Treasurer Nora Smith, Secretary Pam Porman and Vice President Maureen Underhill at the Annual Holiday Open House at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Novi in December 2018.