Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Scholarship

On September 13, 2015, Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder (assigned to Post 1 in Mayfield, Kentucky) died from gunshot wounds sustained during a late-night traffic stop in Lyon County.

A 31-year-old native of Rineyville, Ponder graduated from the KSP Academy in January 2015. Trooper Cameron Ponder was a 2002 graduate of North Hardin High School, where he was a gifted athlete playing baseball, football and running track, setting state records during his senior year.

Before joining KSP, Ponder served for almost seven years on an underwater demolition team attached to SEAL Team One. His military career included combat experiences in the Middle East.

“Trooper Ponder was a hero in the true sense of the word, not just because of how he died, but more importantly how he lived his life. He lived a life full of purpose and meaning and direction and sacrifice,” State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said.

It is because of these qualities the Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial Scholarship was established. Cameron’s life and dedication as a public servant is memorialized through this scholarship and his legacy will forever be carried out through its recipients. The scholarship awards $954, Cameron’s KSP badge number, to graduating seniors from each high school in Hardin and Meade counties.

To get started setting up a scholarship fund, or for additional information, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at