Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program Underway

Staff reports

Sheriff Jeff Wiley announced that 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.  This annual drive, by mail-out only, gives each participating parish a portion of the proceeds to use in the program of its choice.

Sheriff Wiley will be awarding a $1000 scholarship to the recipient and a $500 scholarship to an alternate for the 2009-2010 school year.

The Sheriffs of Louisiana consider this scholarship a meaningful expression of the program’s respect for education.  It demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana’s youth…our future leaders.

There are no restrictions on the purposes for which the scholarships are spent.  The scholarships are not loans and will be awarded as gifts to defray rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education.  The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the state of Louisiana; 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. Further, applicants must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application.  The award will only be paid for attendance at institutions of higher learning within the state. Winners will be announced in May.

Sheriff Wiley concluded “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.”

Applications are being provided to the high schools. They can also be obtained from  the Sheriff’s office in Donaldsonville and in Gonzales.  For more information about the scholarship program, please contact Donna Barbier 225 473-8671