April 1 is the deadline to apply for two grants through the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Ascension Parish students can apply for the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program and the Dawn Shivers Memorial Scholarship fund.

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program will award scholarships providing assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program, Wiley said in a news release.

Wiley will award a $1,000 scholarship to the recipient and a $500 scholarship to an alternate for the 2014-2015 school year.

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.

Wiley established a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors 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. This year will be the 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.

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

For more information about the scholarship program, call public information officer Allison Hudson at (225) 621-8653.