The Hotsinpiller Family and the Board of Directors of The James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. welcome you and thank you for visiting this site. The scholarship was established by Jim and Derek's family to honor Jim, who passed suddenly while serving at the Bridgeport Police Department, and to pay tribute to Derek who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the U.S. Marshal's Service.

The James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a public non-profit charity based in Bridgeport, WV that encourages higher education for graduating high school students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Since early 2011, this scholarship fund has honored the service of Jim and Derek Hotsinpiller by providing funding to deserving students. Students from the following counties are eligible to apply: Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, and Wetzel. To date, thirty-five (35) scholarships have been awarded to individuals who have demonstrated strong leadership skills among their peers as well as within the community.

The James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. has benefited from charitable activities that were conducted to raise money to assist individuals with a strong desire to succeed and a passion to serve. The recipients of the scholarship have expressed their appreciation that these funds are available to help them with higher education expenses. Our goal is to give these students the opportunity to apply for renewal of the scholarship through their senior year.

Giving back to the community through sponsoring a worthwhile charity is a rewarding endeavor. This fund relies on the continual financial support of businesses and concerned citizens to ensure its success. By building a strong network of community members with the desire to help others achieve their goals, the James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. will continue to be a successful program well into the future.

Lt. James W. Hotsinpiller, Jr.

James W. Hotsinpiller, Jr.
Lt. James W. Hotsinpiller, Jr. served as member of the Bridgeport Police Department for 27 years. He was second in command at the department and was a member of the Child Abuse Task Force. Jim worked as commander of the Bridgeport's Special Response Team, and also worked closely with Clarksburg's Special Response Unit. His professionalism, dedication and morals were unquestionable.

A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and a student of Criminal Justice at Fairmont State University, Jim was passionate about law enforcement. He was also very involved with his community. Jim helped to establish the youth soccer program in Bridgeport, where he coached many of his sons' teams over the years. He always put his family first.

On December 15, 2001, before his 50th birthday, Jim passed away suddenly. He left behind his wife Pamela, and two sons, Dustin and Derek. Both young men chose to follow in their father's footsteps. By July 2002, Dustin became a Patrolman with the Bridgeport Police Department, and was soon promoted to Detective. By April of 2010, Derek became a Deputy United States Marshal assigned to the Northern District of West Virginia.

It had always been both young men's intention to pursue careers in the federal system. On September 2013 Dustin graduated the United States Marshals Academy and was assigned to the Northern District of WV as a Deputy United States Marshal.

Deputy US Marshal Derek W. Hotsinpiller

Derek W. Hotsinpiller
Deputy US Marshal Derek W. Hotsinpiller was born on June 2, 1986, the youngest son of Pam and Jim and younger brother to Dustin. He was raised in a home that was passionate about serving others, helping people in need, and always encouraged to use his intellectual and athletic gifts to protect the most vulnerable among us. After graduating from Fairmont State University in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice, Derek pursued his dream to become a Deputy US Marshal.

At the age of 23, Derek left home to attend the USMS Academy. He was the youngest member of his class, but determination and hard work were in his blood. On April 23, 2010, Derek graduated and was issued badge number 4595.

Early in the morning hours of February 16, 2011, deputies assigned to the United States Marshal Service along with local and state law enforcement officers, assembled in Elkins, WV to execute search and arrest warrants. Following a forced entry into the dwelling, the fugitive fired through a closed door directly into the path of the oncoming officers. Derek was fatally wounded. At the age of 24, Derek had made the ultimate sacrifice. He left behind his fiancée Megan, his mother Pam, his brother Dustin, and his sister-in-law Ashley. All will hold his memory dear for eternity including his nephews Landon, Liam and Logan.

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  • Scholarship Recipients 2023

    • Ryan Deal Fairmont State University
    • Delaney G. Haller Fairmont State University
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    • Kaitlyn Archer-Lewis West Virginia University
    • Brady Hosaflook West Virginia University
    • Alicia Betarie Fairmont State University
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