COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A nonprofit organization is awarding students at Columbus State scholarships in honor of a Columbus police officer who died in the line of duty last year.
Two criminal justice students each received a $1,000 scholarship Tuesday in honor of Corporal Thomas Keith Slay.
We spoke to both recipients about what the scholarship means to them.
"This scholarship will go towards my law school fund," said Amaka Iloegbunam, a junior at CSU in criminal justice. "When I get into law school it will help finance my education because as we all know law school is not cheap at all."
"I too believe in giving back to the community as Cpl. Slay did," said Ernestine Dozier, a senior at CSU in criminal justice. "He was willing to share and to help others… that is my goal."
The scholarship fund was first established last September.
The Grainger Foundation says they support CSU's mission to empower students, and the donation was recommended by the market manager of WW Grainger Inc.