Dawn Shivers

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said local students can apply for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program.

Wiley established a Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2014 in memory of Dawn Shivers, a retired employee of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office who died in May 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

This year will be the second year for the scholarship fund, which is offered to graduating seniors.

Shivers was diagnosed with bone cancer on Aug. 19, 2009.

“The purpose of the Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship fund is to honor her sweet spirit and continue her legacy as a vessel through Christ and to also encourage others who may be fighting the same cancer battles to keep pushing and stay strong,” Wiley said.

Shivers started her career with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a correctional officer at the Ascension Parish Jail. She acted as a correctional officer for more than 10 years while also serving a dual role in transportation.

In March 2011, Shivers joined the Inmate Programs Division at the jail to provide support to the instructors and tutored inmates.

“Dawn was always professional and dedicated to the program,” a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said. “Her interactions with the inmates were always encouraging and positive. She played all the roles of a good steward in that she was a counselor, a guide, and teacher to the many inmates she helped towards them earning their GED while incarcerated. Dawn believed that the benefit of education, among the other rehabilitation efforts, would help them while they are incarcerated and after they are released.”

Applications for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program are available at area high schools and the sheriff’s offices in Donaldsonville and Gonzales.

According to the scholarship program chairman, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, the program “demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana’s youth … our future leaders.”

Wiley will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the recipient and a $500 scholarship to an alternate for the 2014-15 school year.

There are no restrictions on the purposes for which the scholarships are spent. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent Louisiana residents; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the state; and students be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students.

Completed applications must be submitted to the sheriff of the parish of the applicant’s permanent Louisiana residence by April 1. Winners will be announced in May.

“Louisiana sheriffs are pleased with the program’s ability to bring scholarships to Louisiana students bound for higher education. To continue to do so, and fund other important projects and initiatives, continued support of the honorary membership program is essential,” Wiley said.

Call Hudson for information on either scholarship at (225) 621-8653 or email ahudson@ascensionsheriff.com.