Sheriff Martin announced that A’niya Southerland has been named the recipient of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program for the 2018-2019 school year. A’niya resides in Vacherie with her mother, Nadine Jacobs. She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University and pursue a degree in Nursing.

The Sheriffs’ Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.

Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership and character are considered in making selections of Sheriffs’ scholarship recipients. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State; and students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students. Scholarships will be awarded in sixty-three parishes throughout the state.

In closing, Sheriff Martin said, “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what the LSHMP is all about. This is one of our finest accomplishments. It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community. This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of St. James Parish’s Honorary Members.”