Joseph Count III | Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship
Joseph Count III of North Augusta, South Carolina, is the recipient of Columbia Southern University’s Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, a scholarship dedicated to recognizing the sacrifices made by the family members of America’s military men and women, and public safety personnel. Count’s father, Joseph Count Jr., is the captain of investigations with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
“Being a federal law enforcement officer is my ultimate goal in my law enforcement career because federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency or even the Secret Service are some of the most prestigious law enforcement agencies in the whole world,” said Count. “Continuing my education at Columbia Southern University would be absolutely crucial to achieving these goals because without a graduate level degree, accomplishing my goals would be near impossible, but with this scholarship, I could accomplish almost anything.”
Count plans to pursue a master’s in public administration with his scholarship.
Chancey Warren | Knight Scholarship
Chancey Warren of Mount Dora, Florida, was awarded the Knight Scholarship. Warren is a critical care paramedic, a paramedic instructor and holds an associate degree in emergency medical services.
“When I am on scene with a patient, I have the opportunity to make a difference in my community,” said Warren. “Whether it is saving a child’s life or sitting with an elderly woman and making sure she eats dinner, I hold hands, wipe away tears and if asked I pray with families. It may not be the biggest difference in the community, but to me it is.”
Warren looks to pursue her bachelor’s in emergency medical services administration with this scholarship.
Edward Chisley | Learning Partner Scholarship
Edward Chisley of Monroe, Louisiana, was awarded the Learning Partner Scholarship. Chisley is currently pursuing his associate in fire science.
“This scholarship will allow me to become a well-rounded member of the Monroe Fire Department, and it will allow me to set an example for other firefighters at the department to show the importance of pursuing a higher education,” said Chisley. “I want my children and grandchildren to value the importance of an education and, by completing my degree, I will serve as an example to them and show them that any goal can be attained with hard work and discipline.
Chisley has served as a firefighter with the Monroe Fire Department for more than 30 years and is an active volunteer in his community.
Adam Bolas | Atlanta Fire Rescue Scholarship
Adam Bolas of Acworth, Georgia, is the recipient of the Atlanta Fire Rescue scholarship. Bolas, a firefighter for the city of Atlanta, is assigned to work in special operations command with a technical rescue unit.
“After being employed as a firefighter for the better part of the last decade, I am learning just how important a degree backed education would be to my future. A degree would boost my value within the fire department and beyond the fire department should I choose to change my career field.”
With this scholarship, Bolas plans to continue earn his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health.