Graduating high school students are encouraged to apply for scholarship programs recently announced by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program provides scholarships to help students further their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program, according to a news release. A maximum of $500 each will be awarded to students from each parish where the sheriff is an affiliate of the Honorary Membership Program.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Louisiana, must use the scholarships in higher education within the state and be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students. Students must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on their application. Applications are due by April 2 and winners will be announced in May.

Also available is the Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship, established by Sheriff Jeff Wiley in memory of Dawn Shivers, a retired sheriff’s employee who died of cancer in May 2013. This is the second year the Sheriff’s Office will award the scholarship.

Shivers began her career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a correctional officer at the Ascension Parish Jail before moving on to the Inmate Programs Division in the jail in March 2011. She was diagnosed with bone cancer on Aug. 19, 2009. The scholarship is meant to honor her spirit, to continue her legacy as a vessel through Christ and to encourage people fighting their own cancers struggles, according to a news release.

All scholarship applications are available at under the press releases tab.

For more information, call Public Information Officer Allison Hudson at (225) 621-8653.