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David Mahoney is a first-year student student at Brevard College. (Courtesy photo)

Brevard College first-year student Nathaniel Mahoney received a $2,000 scholarship provided by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU).

The NCSA created the Criminal Justice Scholarship Program to assist students who attend private colleges in North Carolina and who are dependents of law enforcement officials or who are studying in the criminal justice field and express an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

The scholarship is provided for the current academic year with the potential to be renewed.

Mahoney is the son of the current Transylvania County sheriff, David Mahoney.

“The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, on behalf of North Carolina’s 100 constitutionally elected sheriffs, is proud to partner with the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to provide an annual college scholarship to one student in the criminal justice program at each of the independent colleges and universities that have such a program,” said NCSA president, Sheriff Ed McMahon of New Hanover County.

“NCICU is deeply appreciative of this outstanding support by the North Carolina Sheriffs Association to establish annual scholarships which will benefit students majoring in criminal justice,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “NCICU has worked closely with the Sheriffs Association on a number of law enforcement issues over the years and these scholarships expand and strengthen that important partnership.”

“Helping our future law-enforcement professionals with their education will benefit not only those students but it will also benefit the entire law enforcement profession as well as the citizens of our great state,” said McMahon.

“We have many students who look to their local Sheriff’s Office for employment upon graduation and these scholarships will encourage even more students to consider this service for their county and state,” Williams added.

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