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Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

August 18, 2021

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) invests in the state of Florida each year by encouraging and rewarding bright, hard-working students whose parents work in a Florida sheriff’s office. Thanks to the partnership formed by the Florida Sheriffs Association, 13 high-achieving students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field will receive a scholarship.  

“This is a great way to support our law enforcement personnel and help expand our already talented pool of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals,” said Sheriff Bobby McCallum, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. “These are fast growing fields, and the need is there to support and educate our youth so they have an opportunity for a bright future.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students submitted a five-page application and essay on how their parent motivated them to choose law enforcement. The applications and essays were reviewed by a committee of representatives from the Florida Sheriffs Association whose members selected this year’s recipients. The 2021 recipients include:

Aimee Rose Lees – Florida State University
Aimee is the daughter of Broward County Sheriff’s Office Captain Gregory Lees. She is currently a Junior at Florida State University where she is working towards degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After graduation she hopes to attend law school.

Alexander Pearsall Fouraker – Valdosta State University
Alexander is the son of Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Pearsall Fouraker, Jr. He plans to attend Valdosta State University with the ultimate goal of obtaining his Juris Doctorate. 

Cody Daniel DeJarnett – West Virginia UniversityCody is the son of Orange County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Shane DeJarnett. He plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall where he will major in Criminology with a minor in Forensic and Investigative Science.

Connor Joseph Chapman – Saint Leo University
Connor is the son of Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Cary Chapman. He will be a sophomore at Saint Leo University where he is majoring in Criminal Justice. 

Emily Lauren McGregor – University of Tampa
Emily is the daughter of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christian McGregor. She will be a sophomore at the University of Tampa where she is studying for a degree in Criminology.

Kailie Rush – Florida International University
Kailie is the daughter of Broward County Sheriff’s Office Detective Darren Rush. Kailie graduated from Florid State University and will be a sophomore at Florida International University College of Law.

Luke Caleb Galloway – University of Central Florida
Luke is the son of Broward County Sheriff’s Office Battalion Chief Donald Galloway. He will be a freshman at the University of Central Florida where he will study to earn a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He hopes to enter law school upon graduation.

Morgan L. Brooks – University of Central Florida
Morgan is the daughter of Orange County Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Kristian Brooks. She will be a freshman at the University of Central Florida where she will study for a degree in Psychology. Following college, she plans to enter law enforcement.

Morgan Rylee Rasnick – University of Florida
Morgan is the daughter of Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant David Rasnick. Morgan will be a freshman at the University of Florida where she plans to study Animal Science. Following this, she will join law enforcement.

Olivia Kelly Wingard – Florida State University
Olivia is the daughter of Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jeffrey Wingard. She will attend Florida State University where she seeks a double major in Criminology and Psychology.

Tanner Jackson Pollock
Tanner is the son of Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective Derek Pollock. Tanner will receive his Associate of Arts degree before entering law enforcement.

Taylor Nicole Crews – Saint Leo University
Taylor is the daughter of Baker County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Randy Crews. Taylor received her Associate of Arts while in high school and will attend Florida Gateway Corrections Academy as a Junior. She will also study online at Saint Leo University to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Criminalistics.

William J. Bell – Indian River State College
William is the son of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Bell. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Keiser University and will be attending Indian River State College for Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training.


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Florida Sheriffs Association:
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,000 business leaders and 100,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has steadfastly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. It has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit