Sheriff Jones presents Neil Justin Bernard with his Scholarship Certificate

Neil BernardSheriff Wayne L. Jones announced that Neil Justin Bernard of St. John the Baptist Parish has been named the recipient of the 2007 academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program. Bernard, 18, the son of Neil and Angela Bernard of LaPlace, will graduate from Reserve Christian High School this year, and plans to attend Xavier University and pursue Computer Engineering as a field of study.

Made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP), Louisiana Sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State; and students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students. Scholarships will be awarded in fifty-seven parishes throughout the State.

Cary Wallace of Riverside Academy and Rashanna Duma of West St. John High were named as alternates so that in the event the recipient is unable to take advantage of the scholarship award, the alternate (first and/or second) can do so,” according to the Sheriff.

Concludes Sheriff Jones, “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students best demonstrate what the LSHMP is all about. This is one of our proudest accomplishments. Simply, it is a means of investing in Louisiana’s future. And this would not be possible without the generosity of St. John the Baptist Parish’s Honorary Members and others throughout the state.”

For further information regarding the Scholarship Program, click here or contact the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 652-9513.