Joshua R. Gregg, Brazil, told The Brazil Times that he plans to use the $500 scholarship to cover college expenses while majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Indiana State University, Terre Haute.
"I've always wanted to have a career in law enforcement," Gregg said.
"I have several friends in law enforcement that have been a great influence in my life, especially Clint and Amanda Swift. I'm looking forward to getting a job at the state or federal level."
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said he's glad to see a local student utilize the resources made available through the Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Fund (ISASF).
"It's great the ISA could give back to the community through this program," Heaton said.
"Our community helps support this fund, and the youth leadership camp, through their participation in the annual golf scramble, raffles and contributions to the Sheriff's Association. I'm glad that Josh sought this out, and he did it all on his own."
ISASF was established for the purpose of providing college scholarships, which are renewable for three successive years, to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.
Although initially nervous about their son's career choice, Gregg's parents, Chris and Stacy Gregg, fully support their son.
"If this is what he likes, we encourage Josh in what he wants to do," Chris told The Times at the recent scholarship presentation at the Clay County Justice Center. "It's a good career for the future."
Stacy feels that her son will learn valuable lessons as a law enforcement officer.
"This will be a great learning experience for him," she said. "He will definitely learn a lot about the human condition."
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