Tuition Assistance for Police Survivors, Inc.
TAPS is a special charity for the children of Phoenix Police Officers, regardless of rank, who have died in a NON-Line-of-duty death. Several years ago, members of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the police union, took note of the fact than under Arizona state law, the college-age children of police officers who are killed in the line of duty receive free tuition to any state university in addition to financial assistance from the Phoenix 100 Club. However, the majority of police officer mom and dads die other than in the line of duty. As a result, there became a large group of surviving police children who had to fend for themselves to pay for college. PLEA recognized this and created TAPS-Tuition Assistance for Police Survivors. TAPS is a charitable organization and received a non-profit charity designation from the Internal Revenue Service per its regulation, 501(c)(3).
TAPS is not a handout or an entitlement! Unlike most tuition programs, TAPS is for reimbursement of tuition expenses. The eligible survivor must first get into college, stay in school and achieve a passing grade. Only then can they apply for financial assistance through TAPS.
PLEA has selected TAPS as its in-house charity. The police union does its part by administering the program and underwriting all administrative costs. The Bylaws of PLEA and TAPS prohibit fund-raising through phone solicitations. Everyone who works on the TAPS program is a volunteer. Through the effort of PLEA, 100% of all funds raised in the name of TAPS goes directly to tuition assistance.
Remember, TAPS is a charitable organization and received a non-profit charity designation from the Internal Revenue Service per its regulation, 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
For more information, please contact:
Ken Crane, President TAPS, INC.
1102 W. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
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Send a check payable to:
1102 W. ADAMS ST.
PHOENIX, AZ 85007
*Please call the office at 602-246-7869 with questions*