Six county students are recipients of $1,000 scholarships recently awarded by the The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute.
Paige Brockenbury, Ashley Collins, Stephen Comer, Sara Moser, Henry Morrison and Leah Newbill are among 93 students across the commonwealth awarded scholarships totaling $91,500.
These scholarships support individuals pursuing a college degree in criminal justice while attending a Virginia college or university.
Brockenbury plans to attend Virginia Tech University, Collins will be attending Marymount University, Comer plans to attend Averett University, Moser plans to attend Southside Virginia Community College, Morrison will attend Radford University, and Newbill will be attending Longwood University.
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute offers the scholarship opportunity for Virginia criminal justice students. Clark said all six teens who applied were approved.
Full-time students are awarded $1,000 scholarships; and part-time students are awarded $500 scholarships.
The county sheriff wished each of these students success as they enter the next phase of their young lives.
“I want to recognize and thank all of the citizens across Virginia, who have joined VSI as associate and business members, and whose support is critical to the tremendous success of this scholarship program,” said city of Charlottesville sheriff James E. Brown III, president of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute.
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by Virginia sheriffs which provides training and education to the members of the institute, including sheriffs and deputy sheriffs across Virginia, on issues relating to management, crime prevention, and other areas of public safety.
All Virginia citizens are eligible to become members of the VSI upon invitation from their local sheriff.
“The sheriffs and their citizen supporters around Virginia are the reason for the success of this program,” said John W. Jones, executive director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute. “Currently, we have over 25,000 associate and business members of the VSI. We are extremely proud and grateful for all of our associate and business members as well as our training and educational programs that help make Virginia a safer place in which to live.”
Sheriffs have received confirmation letters from the VSI along with certificates, which they presented at school or community ceremonies.
Students will be receiving acceptance letters that they need to sign and return, which will enable the VSI to issue scholarship checks to the appropriate colleges and universities.