Sheriff Mike Tregre had the pleasure of presenting Skylar Edwards with the 2022-23 academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Program.

Edwards, a 2023 graduate of West St. John High in Edgard, will attend Xavier University to study psychology. Edwards plans to earn a doctorate and work as a therapist before owning and operating her own clinic.

She is the daughter of Betsy Edwards. Skylar will receive $500 for educational expenses.

Several applications were received from graduating seniors attending all St. John Parish high schools. Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership, character, and community involvement are considered. Applications were reviewed by an impartial board, and the board then submitted its recommendations to Sheriff Tregre.

Applicants must be a permanent resident of Louisiana, use the scholarship for higher education within the state of Louisiana, and be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Educational Scholarship Program awards $500 to graduating high school students in parishes where the sheriffs are members of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. Funding for the scholarship is made possible through the support of St. John the Baptist Parish’s honorary members.