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Scholarships Awarded by Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund


2013
 

 MONTGOMERY- The Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund is proud to award $13,000 in academic scholarships to 11 deserving recipients for 2013. The ACESF is dedicated to providing financial support and assistance to employees of the Alabama Department of Corrections and members of their families.  Since 2010, The ACESF has awarded more than $47,000 to scholarship recipients. 

 Scholarship amounts are $1,000 for undergraduate students and $1,500 for graduate students.  The annual Farquhar Scholarship recipient is awarded $2,500, given in honor of former Warden Charles Farquhar and his wife, Doris.  Mr. Farquhar served as Superintendent and Warden of the State Cattle Ranch for 38 years.  Mrs. Farquhar served as his secretary and assistant for 30 years.  The Cattle Ranch was named in honor of Mr. Farquhar by Governor Fob James in May, 1982.

 The number and amount of scholarships awarded is determined annually by the ACESF Board of Directors, and is determined in large part by the amount of donations to the Fund in the prior calendar year. Official high school or college transcripts are considered; along with test scores, grade point average, recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, and an essay describing the applicants career goals and value of the ACESF scholarship toward degree completion.

The ACESF will hold an award reception to recognize all scholarship recipients on Wednesday, June 19, at 2p.m.  The reception will be held in the Media Room at the ADOC Central Office, 301South Ripley Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.

 ACESF scholarship recipients for 2013 are as follows:

  • Robert Pasley received the 2nd Annual $2,500 Farquhar Scholarship in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Farquhar who gave their lives in the line of duty on October 23, 1994.  Mr. Pasley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Faulkner University in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Amridge University in 2008.  In 2009, Mr. Pasley was employed as a Drug Treatment Counselor with Pardons and Paroles at Life Tech in Wetumpka.  At the time of the award Mr. Pasley worked as a Drug Treatment Counselor at Montgomery Women’s Facility and recently promoted to the position of Drug Program Supervisor for the Department. He has been accepted into the Education Specialist in Counseling program at the University of West Alabama.  Mr. Pasley is studying to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with the goal of attaining a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

 

  • Rayth Burnham is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship for graduate study at Auburn University Montgomery in the field of Justice and Public Safety. Mr. Burnham, a former Academy honor grad, is a Correctional Officer at Childersburg Community Work Center.  An Iraq Veteran, Mr. Burnham is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 518th Regiment.  Mr. Burnham plans to use his graduate degree to rise through the ranks of the Alabama Department of Corrections.

  • Correctional Officer Edward McQueen received a $1,000 scholarship for graduate study at the University of West Florida in the field of Criminal Justice.  Officer McQueen is a seven year ADOC veteran employed at Fountain Correctional Facility.

  

  • Lagreta McClain received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Bethel University in the field of Criminal Justice.  Ms. McClain is a Lieutenant at Tutwiler Prison for Women and former Air Force Veteran.  She will earn a bachelor’s degree in December, 2013. It is Ms. McClain’s career goal to become an ADOC Warden.  Her husband, Antonio McClain is a Sergeant at Ventress Correctional Facility.
  • Racheal Sankey received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Bethel University in the field of Criminal Justice.  An officer at Tutwiler since 1993, Ms. Sankey requires 20 credit hours to complete her degree.  She is eligible for retirement in roughly 2.6 years, yet plans to complete her master’s degree in 14 months and be in law school by 2016.

     

  • Marty Harris received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Calhoun Community College in the field of Forensic Nursing / Criminal Investigations.  Ms. Harris plans to continue her studies at the University of Alabama Birmingham specializing in sexual and physical assault.  Harris’ goal is to work with the Department’s PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Division.
  • Shalonda Pulley received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Alabama A&M University in the field of Social Work. An officer at Limestone Correctional Facility, Ms. Pulley was the only female to graduate from the Alabama Corrections Academy in November, 2011.  As she prepares to take the exam for Sergeant, Ms. Pulley hopes to become the first in her extended family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Samantha Strong received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Calhoun Community College in the field of Accounting.  She will continue her studies at Athens State University.  At the urging of her supervisors and family, Ms. Strong is going back to school after graduating high school in 1992.

   

  •  Riley Woodfin received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in the field of Pastoral Studies. Mr. Woodfin is from a large family of eight children and a rising sophomore at the Wisconsin school. He has maintained a 3.9 GPA. His father, Tom Woodfin is a local pastor and chaplain at the ADOC’s Elmore Correctional Facility.
  • Bridget Breland received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Shelton State Community College in the field of Nursing.  Ms. Breland has maintained a 3.9 GPA at Bibb County High School with a 23 on the ACT exam.   Her mother is Rita Dunn, a long-time Administrative Support Assistant II at Bibb County Correctional Facility.  Ms. Breland excels as a member of the National Honor Society with aspirations of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

 

  • Lauren Swinney received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study in the field of Nursing / Physical Therapy. She is undecided about her college choice.  Ms. Swinney excels with a 3.4 GPA and an extensive list of extracurricular activities including National Honor Society.  In 2011, as a junior, Ms. Swinney was attending high school away from home in Memphis, TN., and living with coaches while pursuing her dreams of a gymnastics scholarship. On April 27, an F5 tornado destroyed her home town of Phil Campbell, AL.  This tragedy forced Ms. Swinney to alter her personal goals, but it did not deter her determination to attend college and earn a degree. Ms. Swinney’s father, Wendell, is a correctional officer at Hamilton A&I.

 

Through fundraising efforts and awards, the Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund attempts to reinforce the ADOC’s belief that our employees are our most valuable asset. All donations to this fund help make it possible to provide monetary assistance to our family of fellow ADOC employees in times of emergency need.

 

Brian Corbett

President, ACESF

 

 

Scholarships Awarded by Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund


2012

 

The Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund is proud to award $18,000 in academic scholarships to 17 deserving recipients for 2012. The ACESF is dedicated to providing financial support and assistance to employees of the Alabama Department of Corrections and members of their families.  Since 2010, The ACESF has awarded more than $34,000 to scholarship recipients. 

 

 

Scholarship amounts are $1,000 for undergraduate students and $1,500 for graduate students.  The inaugural Farquhar Scholarship recipient is awarded $2,500, given in honor of former Warden Charles Farquhar and his wife, Doris.  Mr. Farquhar served as Superintendent and Warden of the State Cattle Ranch for 38 years.  Mrs. Farquhar served as his secretary and assistant for 30 years.  The Cattle Ranch was named in honor of Mr. Farquhar by Governor Fob James in May, 1982. Mr. Farquhar was awarded the Billy Max Moore Award for excellence in achievement by the National Association of Institutional Agriculture in 1993.

 The number and amount of scholarships awarded is determined annually by the ACESF Board of Directors. Official high school or college transcripts are considered; along with test scores, grade point average, recommendation letters, extra curricular activities, and an essay describing the applicants career goals and value of the ACESF scholarship toward degree completion.

The ACESF held a reception to recognize all scholarship recipients on Wednesday, July 18, at 1p.m.  The reception was held in the Media Room at the ADOC Central Office, 301South Ripley Street, Montgomery, 36104.

 ACESF scholarship recipients for 2012 are as follows:

 

James P. Dodds received the inaugural $2,500 Farquhar Scholarship in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Farquhar who gave their lives in the line of duty on October 23, 1994.  Sergeant Dodds is currently employed in the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division.  He returned to school at Troy University and has since maintained a 4.0 GPA with induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  Sergeant Dodds received his scholarship award from Alabama Correctional Industries Director Andy Farquhar.

 

Tommy Watkins is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship for graduate study at Troy University in the field of Justice Administration.  Mr. Watkins is a Correctional Officer at Draper Correctional Facility with the goal of utilizing his education to advance through the Departmental ranks. Officer Watkins received his scholarship award from ACESF Vice President Bettinna Carter.

 Rochelle Straughn received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Calhoun Community College in the field of Veterinary Science. Rochelle’s step-father is Jimmy Patrick, Warden II at Limestone Correctional Facility.

 Casie Maloy received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Wallace Community College in the field of Business.  Casie’s mother is Grace Maloy, an Administrative Support Assistant at Easterling Correctional Facility.

 

Maci Kinard received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Bevill State Community College in the field of Nursing.  Maci’s father is Brandon Kinard, ADOC Health Services Manager.  Maci received her scholarship award from ACESF Secretary Glen Casey.

 

Maria Glover received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Alabama State University in the field of Education.  Maria’s father is Lorenza Glover, a Correctional Officer at Kilby Correctional Facility. Maria received her scholarship award from ACESF Board member Forrest Johnson.

 James Brooks received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Alabama A&M University in the field of Mechanical Engineering.  James mother is Linda Brooks, a Correctional Officer at Holman Correctional Facility.

 Erin Billups received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Troy University in the field of Nursing. Erin’s mother is Veronica Stringer, a Correctional Officer at Ventress Correctional Facility.



Susanna Hicks received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Troy University in the field of Criminal Justice.  Susanna, an Administrative Support Assistant at Fountain Correctional Facility, received her scholarship award from ACESF Treasurer Marcia Twait.

 Joel Wetzel received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at the University of West Florida in the field of Engineering.  Joel’s father is Timothy Wetzel, a Correctional Officer at Fountain Correctional Facility.

 Candice Sanders received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at the University of North Alabama in the field of Nursing. Candice’s father is Andrew Sanders, a Correctional Officer at Limestone Correctional Facility.

Leslie Rewis received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Auburn University Montgomery in the field of English.  Leslie’s step-father is Michael Sims, a Correctional Officer at Alexander City Community Based Facility.

 

Brandon Johnson received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at the University of Alabama in the field of Engineering. Brandon’s mother is Edna Johnson, a Correctional Officer at Bullock Correctional Facility.  Brandon received his scholarship award from Commissioner Kim Thomas.

 Alison Jenkins received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Wallace Community College in the field of Nursing.  Alison’s father is James Jenkins, a Psychological Associate at Ventress Correctional Facility.

 

Temekia Blakely received a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Troy University in the field of Nursing.  Temekia’s mother is Sharon Blakely, an Administrative Support Assistant at Easterling Correctional Facility. Temekia received her scholarship award from ACESF Vice President Bettinna Carter.

 Ashley Barrett received a $500 scholarship for undergraduate study at Auburn University in the field of Marketing/Management.  Ashley's father is Bobby Barrett, Warden III at Kilby Correctional Facility.

 Taylor Culliver received a $500 scholarship for undergraduate study at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of Economics.  Taylor's father is Grantt Culliver, Institutional Coordinator over the northern region of the ADOC.

Through fundraising efforts and awards, the Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund attempts to reinforce the ADOC’s belief that our employees are our most valuable asset. All donations to this fund help make it possible to provide monetary assistance to our family of fellow ADOC employees in times of emergency need.

 


Brian Corbett

President, ACESF




If you would like to apply for a scholarship or assistance, please visit our "Applications" page.


                                                                                                        

Dear Friend:

My brother Robbie and I are pleased to announce the establishment of the Charles and Doris Farquhar Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Alabama Department of Corrections’ employee or employee’s child.  This is the inaugural year for the award of this scholarship, and the recipient is James P. Dodds.  Mr. Dodds is 39-year old sergeant currently employed in the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division.  He returned to school at Troy University and was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA.

The primary source of funding for this scholarship will be an annual golf tournament hosted by Robbie at the Ledges Country Club in Huntsville.  The Ledges is an elite and challenging mountain-top course overlooking Huntsville and the
Tennessee River.  This year's event is scheduled for August 6th. 

In addition to the proceeds from the tournament, we are also soliciting donations from some of Mom and Dad’s closest friends. I think you’ll agree, my parents were the icons of southern hospitality, and I’m sure you have many fond memories of times with them.  We believe this scholarship is an excellent way to honor their contributions to the Department and to the State.

Donations to the Charles and Doris Farquhar Memorial Scholarship can be made payable to the Alabama Correctional Employee Support Fund (ACESF), with a notation in the memo line designating it for the Farquhar Memorial Scholarship.  The ACESF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and your contribution is tax-deductible. Direct donations will be held in an escrow account, and only the interest from this account will actually go towards the scholarship. Donations may be mailed to me at my home address noted above.

I have enclosed a flyer of the golf tournament in case you may be interested in participating in that as well.  If you happen to be in the area but don’t play, lunch and dinner will be served, and we would love to have you in attendance.

                            Thank you and God Bless!
                                                    ANDY
                                                

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BSC's Tiarra Goode wins NCAA Division III 100-meter outdoor hurdles national title




 (Portions of this story were taken from the Birmingham-Southern College and Rhodes College websites)

 CLAREMONT, Calif. Birmingham-Southern College sophomore Tiarra Goode ran the 100-meter hurdles today in 13.87 seconds to win the NCAA Division III outdoor national championship in that event at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Official Championships Website

This is Goode's second national title after winning the 60-meter indoor hurdle national championship back in March in Grinnell, Iowa.

Goode, who is from Huntsville, Ala., also placed third today in the 100-meter dash (11.91 seconds) and 200-meter dash (24.35 second), giving her all-America status in those events.

Her three all-America performances produced 22 points and gave the Panthers a sixth-place team finish at the meet - the best finish ever for a SCAC track and field team at the national championships. Goode also became just the second woman from the SCAC to earn three all-America honors at one national meet - joining Heather Stone of Sewanee who was a three-time all-American at the 2000 National Championships.

Ms. Goode was an ACESF scholarship recipient in 2010.






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