The named scholarship is established by friends and family of Steve Bell, a graduate of the LSSU criminal justice program. In 1994 he was hired as a public safety officer in Bloomfield Hills. Rick Mattot, a fellow public safety officer, encouraged Steve to join the Lapeer City fire department to obtain more fire experience. Steve grew to love firefighting and working for the Lapeer City Fire Department. On the day he died, Steve had just completed a 24-hour shift. He died at the scene of an automobile accident in February 2003 at the age of 33. Recipients must be of sophomore status majoring in the fire science program with a minimum 3.0 and based on the recommendation of the LSSU Fire Science faculty.