Five children of Alexandria Sheriff's Office employees received college scholarships, the sheriff's association announced Tuesday.
The recipients of the 2011 Veronica Mitchell Scholarship, all of whom are college freshmen, were picked based on their 500-word essays in which they wrote of their parent's work in the Sheriff's Office and its importance to the community; how their parent's work influenced them; what they planned to study in college; and their community involvement.
The awards went to:
- Joshua T. Barnes, son of Deputy Sheriff LaTonya Covington, who received $500. Barnes attends Radford University.
- Alexis Simone' Pitts, daughter of Deputy Sheriff Marvin Pitts, who received $400. Pitts attends Savannah College of Arts and Design.
- Nattachat Srikongyos, daughter of Deputy Sheriff Waraphan Srikongyos, who received $400. Srikongyos attends Virginia Military Institute.
- Taylor R. Wise, daughter of Records Director Rony Wise, who received $500 and is enrolled at Radford University.
- Alexis J. Herring, daughter of Deputy Sheriff Kim Evans, who received $400. Herring attends Northern Virginia Community College.
This is the third year the scholarships have been awarded. They are named for Chief Deputy Veronica Mitchell who retired in 2009 after 30 years; they are endowed through member dues to the Alexandria Sheriff's Association.
The awards were given in memory of Marleen Venter, the Sheriff's Office accreditation manager who died in January.