Gov. Tomblin signs bill into law that increases scholarships for - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Gov. Tomblin signs bill into law that increases scholarships for children of fallen law enforcement officers

Posted: Updated:

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., signed a new bill into law on Monday to increase the amount of money provided for scholarships for children of all West Virginia law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

It expands a program that provided $7,500 total to go toward tuition at state colleges or vocational schools. Now the scholarships are increased to $7,500 for each year of college.

"The cost of putting a child through college in today's time is a heavy burden. If you couple that with a loss of a parent, in this case, an officer who has been killed in the line of duty, this will help off-set costs a little bit," said Capt. Joe White from the West Virginia State Police.

The bill would apply to the families of State Police Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman.  They were murdered in August 2012 following a traffic stop in the Clay County area.