Sheriff’s Office taking scholarship applications _lowres

Dawn Shivers

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley is accepting applications for two scholarship programs.

Wiley said the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program will award scholarships providing assistance to Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program chairman, said the scholarship “is a meaningful expression of the program’s respect for education. It demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana’s youth … our future leaders.”

Applicants must be permanent residents of Louisiana, and scholarships must be utilized in higher education within the state.

Completed applications must be submitted to the sheriff by April 1.

Winners will be announced in May.

“Louisiana Sheriff’s 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.

Applications are being provided to the high schools and can also be obtained from the sheriff’s offices in Donaldsonville and Gonzales.

Wiley also is accepting applications for the Dawn Shivers Scholarship, which was established in honor of Dawn Shivers, a retired employee of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office who died in May 2013 after fighting a long battle with cancer, Wiley said.

This is second year for the scholarship fund.

“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 shared dual roles between transportation, where she transported inmates, and acted as a correctional officer for more than 10 years.

In March of 2011 Shivers joined the Inmate Programs Division in the jail to provide support to the instructors and tutored students in the GED/ Literacy program.

Wiley said Shivers’ interactions with the inmates always were encouraging and positive. He said 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.

For information on both scholarships, call Public Information Officer Allison Hudson at (225) 621-8653 or email ahudson@ascensionsheriff.com.