Local Sheriffs Seeking Applicants for Criminal Justice Scholarships

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Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff Robert "Bob" Deeds (Courtesy WJCC Sheriff's Office)
Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Deeds (Courtesy WJCC Sheriff’s Office)

Both Historic Triangle sheriffs are now accepting applications for scholarships for local students interested in attending a Virginia college or university to study criminal justice.

The scholarships are offered in partnership with the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute. They will go to both full-time students and part-time students.

Last year, the VSI scholarship program awarded 91 scholarships: 90 $1,000 scholarships went to full-time students and one $500 went to a part-time student.

The scholarship amounts for this year will be determined in May. Like last year, all full-time students selected for scholarships will receive the same amount of money, as will all part-time students selected.

Students who want to apply for the scholarship will need a letter of recommendation from their local sheriffs. That means students in Williamsburg and James City County will need to go through Sheriff Bob Deeds, while students in York County will need to go through Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs.

All applications are due to VSI May 1. An application form along with all the requirements for applicants is available here.

For more information, call the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office at 564-2220 or the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office at 890-3630.


William & Mary’s Society for College to Host Honors Ceremony

Members of the College of William & Mary community will be honored at a ceremony today by the college’s Society for the College.

Archaeologist Bill Kelso of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project will offer a presentation discussing archaeology work underway on Jamestown Island. He will then receive the Three Keys Award for his contributions to Virginia history.

The three keys are promoting good governance, preserving the history and traditions of William & Mary and promoting academic excellence. A news release from the Society for the College says Kelso embodies all three of the keys.

Noah Lemos, the Leslie and Naomi Legum Professor of philosophy, will receive the William Small Award for Faculty Excellence. Lemos has authored several books and specializes in epistemology — the study of distinguishing justified belief from opinion — and ethics.

The Wren Building Fund will receive an award in honor of George Grayson, a longtime member of the House of Delegates who represented the Historic Triangle. Grayson, a professor of government, emeritus, died earlier this year. Susan King, executive director of the Historic Campus, will accept the award.

The Society for the College was founded in 2007 as an independent alumni organization. It is a nonprofit and is comprised of faculty, alumni and students.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. It starts at 5 p.m. today at the Sadler Center Chesapeake Room C.


William & Mary to Host Symposium on ‘Ghosts of Slavery’

A two-day symposium at the College of William & Mary called Ghosts of Slavery: The Afterlives of Racial Bondage starts Friday.

The fifth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium features panel discussions, speakers, a solo theatrical performance and a spoken-word event. It is free and open to the public. Online registration is now closed, however attendees may register during the symposium.

“Once again, we’re looking forward to the gathering of community members, faculty, staff and students interested in learning about challenging times in our nation’s history, considering the lessons taught, and how we might use those lessons to continue to move toward better race relations,” Jody Allen, Lemon Project coordinator and visiting assistant professor, said in a news release announcing the symposium.

Find a full schedule of events here. Friday’s events will take place at Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Heights School, while Saturday’s events are slated for William & Mary’s School of Education and Sadler Center.