The Erik Abel Memorial Scholarship is a $500 academic scholarship created to honor the memory of one of the founders and the first president of the Mid-Atlantic Police Polygraph Cooperative, Erik Abel. Erik retired from the Lancaster City Police Department as a Detective Sergeant after 21 years of dedicated work in law enforcement. After retirement, he started his own private polygraph business which quickly grew to become one of the largest, most successful and most reputable in the Mid-Atlantic region. Erik was dedicated to truth and justice his entire life. This was evidenced by his devotion to training and educating polygraph examiners from all over the country at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center Polygraph Institute and at various state, regional and national polygraph seminars. Erik's business model became a blueprint for numerous other private examiners across the country, and he demonstrated his trademark selflessness by always assisting those who were in need of his expertise be it for a private business venture or polygraph questions in general. Erik's contributions to the betterment of the world will continue in the form of this academic scholarship awarded in his name to deserving college students.
The Mid-Atlantic Police Polygraph Cooperative will award an annual educational scholarship to a deserving and qualified applicant who is a graduating high school senior or a continuing college student. Applicants must be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling, or adopted or dependent child of a member in good standing of the Mid-Atlantic Police Polygraph Cooperative. Applications for the scholarship must be submitted to the MAPPC Board either electronically or via mail no later than the calendar date of February 1 proceeding the annual MAPPC seminar at which time the scholarship would be presented. Review of the applications will be conducted by the MAPPC Board, and the recipient will be announced annually at the MAPPC seminar. Relatives of MAPPC Board members are not eligible for this scholarship until after said member completes their time in service to the Board.