GNTC Student Christy Nicholson Is Awarded Criminal Justice Scholarship

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Greg Sumner (left, center), president and co-founder of the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc., presents Calhoun police officer Christy Nicholson (right, center) with the Walter R. Adams Community Criminal Justice Scholarship. Also pictured is Tom Bojo (left), campus manager of the Gordon County Campus of GNTC, and Garry Moss (right), chief of police for the Calhoun Police Department.
Greg Sumner (left, center), president and co-founder of the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc., presents Calhoun police officer Christy Nicholson (right, center) with the Walter R. Adams Community Criminal Justice Scholarship. Also pictured is Tom Bojo (left), campus manager of the Gordon County Campus of GNTC, and Garry Moss (right), chief of police for the Calhoun Police Department.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Criminal Justice student and Calhoun police officer Christy Nicholson was awarded the Walter R. Adams Community Criminal Justice Scholarship for 2013. The scholarship will provide $2,000 to complete her associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Each year the scholarship is awarded to an outstanding area law enforcement officer or high school graduate to obtain the associate’s degree in Criminal justice from GNTC or Georgia Highlands College. The scholarship is funded by the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc. and the Rome Rotary Club.

“She’s very deserving of it, there’s no doubt about it,” said Tom Bojo, dean of academic affairs and campus manager of the Gordon County Campus of GNTC. “I’ve known her as a student, I’ve known her as a police officer, and I’ve known her as a person and she has the dedication and commitment that is perfect for this scholarship.”

Ms. Nicholson says that she was extremely grateful for the scholarship because she thought that she would be unable to afford to finish her degree in Criminal Justice.

“I thought I was going to use the HOPE scholarship, but they changed the requirements and I was no longer eligible,” said Ms. Nicholson. “So when I found out I was going to be able to finish my degree, I was extremely grateful.”

Ms. Nicholson currently serves as a police officer for the Calhoun Police Department and was recognized as ‘Officer of the Year’ after her first year with the department. She has a certificate in Basic Law Enforcement from GNTC and is an Emergency Medical Technician.

“From the day she started there was no doubt that she was going to be an ideal police officer,” said Garry Moss, chief of police for the Calhoun Police Department. “She’s an EMT, a police officer, and she doesn’t hesitate to get involved; if it’s an accident she’s there to help the injured and do her job as a police officer.”

Greg Sumner, professor of Criminal Justice at Georgia Highlands College and co-founder of the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc. says that the scholarship was created to give back to the community.

“It’s a matter of what’s best for our region,” said Mr. Sumner. “Christy is someone who has the passion and desire and her decision to go back and get her education will better herself and her community.” 

The Community Criminal Justice Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation established to provide opportunities to all levels of law enforcement. The foundation provides an annual college scholarship, and supports fellowship for law enforcement through an annual celebratory event. The intent of this event is to express gratitude to all law enforcement and provide an opportunity for those in attendance to network and form positive working relationships. The scholarship is a representation of the foundation's desire to promote higher education in law enforcement and a better quality of life for the citizen's whom they serve and protect.


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