Four Ascension Parish seniors received scholarships from programs sponsored by Sheriff Jeff Wiley.
Victoria Arnold, of St. Amant High School, received a $1,500 scholarship from Wiley’s Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship Program. A $500 scholarship from the program went to East Ascension High School senior Darnesha Collier.
Wiley established a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors in honor of Shivers, a retired employee of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Shivers died in May 2013 after a battle with cancer.
Wiley said the scholarship fund was created in “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.”
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 correctional officer for more than 10 years.
In March 2011, Dawn joined the Inmate Programs Division at the jail to provide support to the instructors and tutored students in the GED/literacy program.
“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,” a news release from Wiley’s office said. “Dawn believed that the benefit of education, among the other rehabilitation efforts, would help them while they are incarcerated and after they are released.”
Wiley also recently presented two high school seniors with scholarships from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program.
London Marchand, of St. Amant High School, and Michael Favorite, of Donaldsonville High School, each received a $500 award.
The Sheriff’s Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. Louisiana sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from each parish where the sheriff is an affiliate of the program.
“Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what the LSHMP is all about,” Wiley said. “This is one of our finest accomplishments that invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community. This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Ascension Parish’s Honorary Members.”