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Sheriff William Earl Hilton awards scholarship to college-bound teen

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Sheriff William Earl Hilton announces today that Rylee Choate of Rapides Parish has been named the recipient of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program for the 2013-2014 school year.  She resides in Pineville and plans to attend Northwestern State University and pursue Speech Therapy as a field of study.  Her parents are Thomas and Janice Pharris.

The Sheriff’s Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP).  Louisiana Sheriff’s provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.

Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership and character are considered in making selections of Sheriff’s scholarship recipients.  The only limitations as hat the applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships should be utilized in higher education within the State; and students be enrolled full time, undergraduate students.  Scholarships will be awarded in sixty-four parishes throughout the state.

“Addyson Baden and Mason Maveux were named as alternates so that in the event the recipient is unable to take advantage of the scholarship award, the alternate (first or second) can do so,” according to Sheriff Hilton.

In closing, Sheriff Hilton said “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what the Honorary Membership Program is all about.  This is one of our finest accomplishments.  It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community.  This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Rapides Parish’s Honorary Members.

For more information on the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Honorary Membership program, you can go to and click on the HONORARY MEBERSHIP icon.
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