Charittie Walker of Arabi, GA was awarded the Smallwood-Sondron Law Enforcement Academy Fellowship upon completion of Class 22 – 01 training at South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.
Lou Crouch of Bryon endowed this scholarship for the Law Enforcement Academy at South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) in memory of Peach County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood. Both MPs died in the line of duty in November 2016.
Walker expressed his gratitude to South Georgia Technical College, the Law Enforcement Academy staff and Lou Crouch. “I’m so grateful for this scholarship,” Walker said. “My ultimate goal is to further my education and become a Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent and this scholarship will be a great help in achieving that goal.”
Walker is a mother of two children. “After having my two children, Amira and Princeton, I was determined to get my POST certification. However, I failed the first time on a written exam after finding out my children had COVID-19. My attention changed to focus on improving the health and well-being of my children. But luckily I came back and am now able to take the first step towards my ultimate goal. I now have the intention to further my education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.”
South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford praised Lou Crouch and his support of law enforcement and South Georgia Technical College. “I am very grateful to Lou Crouch for his support of the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy and the SGTC Foundation,” said Dr. Watford. “His generosity allows students to have the opportunity to pursue their educational and professional goals. I hope you serve in a way that honors Lou Crouch and MPs Smallwood and Sondron.
South Georgia Technical College Foundation Executive Director Su Ann Bird congratulated the cadets and said, “This and other scholarships are of tremendous help to young men and women who are training to become public servants and work. as law enforcement officers here in Georgia. An investment in an endowed scholarship will continue to give back to students indefinitely. We appreciate what Lou Crouch and others are doing for our students and our state. The students he helps with these educational opportunities today can be the public servants we rely on tomorrow in our local communities.
For more information about donating or establishing a scholarship to South Georgia Technical College, contact Su Ann Bird, Executive Director of the SGTC Foundation at 229.931.2110 or [email protected] Contributions may also be mailed to the SGTC Foundation, PO Box 6102, Americus, GA.
Those interested in attending the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy can contact the office at 229-931-2716 or contact Principal Brett Murray at [email protected] The next course will begin in the fall semester of 2022, and the program is condensed into an 11-week academy. Financial aid is available and students will earn credit toward an associate’s degree in criminal justice.