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Dennis Crowley Scholarship

The Dennis Crowley Scholarship is granted to a junior or senior political science major with financial need and a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice.  

Dennis M. Crowley, Jr. Dennis M. Crowley, Jr., a 1959 graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, is the Chairman of Apollo Security International, a security guard, investigative and consulting firm he founded in 1990. Apollo International is the 14th largest security firm in the U.S. Dennis has over forty-five years of professional experience in law enforcement, intelligence and as a security executive.

Dennis began his law enforcement and military career immediately upon graduating from UMass and being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air force in June 1959. His first assignment was as a Combat Defense Flight Commander on an overseas Strategic Air Command (SAC) base. He was later selected to become the Base Police Officer, a position in which he managed over forty military police personnel assigned to Town Patrol, patrol services, investigations, base access control, and identification services. Upon completion of his overseas assignment, he was selected for the USAF Special Investigations Academy to train as a Special Agent with the USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI). OSI Special Agents were responsible for conducting criminal investigations as well as counter-intelligence and counter-espionage matters throughout the world. He served in several OSI Detachments and was a member of OSI's Special Operations Team. In 1965, that Special Operations Team deployed to Thailand to support the secret bases being used to stage sorties into North Vietnam. Following that deployment, he was selected to organize and be the Special-Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of the OSI Detachment in Danang, South Vietnam. Living within the Vietnamese community, the four detachment agents provided counter-intelligence and counter-espionage support in South Vietnam’s northernmost province to combat military units and civilian intelligence agencies. During that assignment, he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Upon completion of that deployment, Mr. Crowley resigned and returned to Massachusetts and where he became Chief of Intelligence in the Massachusetts State Organized Crime Unit (OCU). Later, he served as the Deputy Director of the New England Organized Crime Intelligence System (NEOCIS). He was also appointed a member of the National Organized Crime Advisory Council to the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), U.S. Department of Justice. He later spent almost five years as a consultant to various law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to founding Apollo International, Mr. Crowley was Vice President of First Security Services Corporation. Mr. Crowley also was responsible for overseeing the personal security of Patricia Hearst and her family for 18 months after her rescue from the SLA in the late ‘70’s. Mr. Crowley is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He is also a member of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Training School Alumni Association, the Association of Former OSI Special Agents, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Intellenet, the International Intelligence Network, and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International.

Read more about Mr. Crowley's UMass experience here.

Dollar Amount Awarded: 

$2000 - 4000

Number of awards per year: 

1 - 2

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Eligibility - Other: 

Financial need and a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice.


March 10, 2017


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