CVCC FOUNDATION, INC. AWARDS BRIAN R. PORTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Catawba Valley Community College students Abbie Kincaid and LaToya Williams were recently awarded the Brian R. Porter Memorial Scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc. Pictured (from left) are Sherry Herman, CVCC Criminal Justice Program Director; Abbie Kincaid; LaToya Williams; scholarship donor and CVCC faculty member Kristy Wooten; and Mary Beth Sjaardema, CVCC Foundation Assistant.
Catawba Valley Community College students Abbie Kincaid and LaToya Williams were recently awarded the Brian R. Porter Memorial Scholarship through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.
The scholarship honors the memory and career of Porter who served as a deputy sheriff for the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office in Gallia County, Ohio. The scholarship was founded by Porter’s friend and Catawba Valley Community College faculty member Kristy Wooten to benefit students pursuing a career in criminal justice or law enforcement.
Kincaid is enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program. She earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice Latent Evidence at CVCC in 2015 and an associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology last May. She also holds certificates in law enforcement, retail-industrial security, court administrator, correctional-probation & parole, and latent evidence crime scene investigation she earned at CVCC.
She served as president and vice president of the Criminal Justice Club and currently serves as treasurer. She is an active member of SkillsUSA and won first place at the state level and first place at the national level in the crime scene investigation competition in 2015. In the same category, she also placed first in the 2016 state competition and took third in the nation in 2016. She was awarded the Student Government Association award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice Latent evidence. She is a member of the Student Leadership Academy and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
A native of Iowa, she volunteers with the Catawba County Humane Society and works as an officer at the rank of corporal for Allied Universal security company. She and her husband and family live in Maiden.
A Catawba County native, Williams is enrolled in the Criminal Justice Latent Evidence associate degree at CVCC. She attended Bandys High School and completed her high school diploma through the GED program at CVCC. Williams has achieved high honors for the past two semesters and has been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Club and plans to graduate in early 2018.
Williams has been employed by Republic Service for nine years. She started out as a receptionist, and was later promoted to customer service. She has served as the maintenance shop administrator for the past two years. She and her three children live in Conover.
The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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