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Left to right: Frank Lee, Kathy Bennett, recipient Judy Gordon, Jean Rowden, and Thomas Z. Jones, president of AASU.

AASU Establishes John T. Rowden, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

SAVANNAH, GA–– Judy Gordon, correctional officer at Coastal State Prison and criminal justice student at Armstrong Atlantic State University, is the first to receive the John T. Rowden, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. She was selected to receive the scholarship in recognition of her dedication to the profession of law enforcement. Gordon received the $500 scholarship for the spring semester, her last semester before graduation.

"Funds such as this enable students who are often in onerous financial straits to continue their education," said Katherine Bennett, head of AASU's Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science. "These students are very often maintaining full-time jobs, extensive family responsibilities, and taking four to five courses a semester."

The John T. Rowden, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Association of Retirees (ATFAR). Rowden retired as a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and was a special deputy sheriff with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department. His career in law enforcement spanned more than fifty-five years.

"The scholarship reflects Rowden's belief and commitment to higher education," said Bennett. "It is hoped that the scholarship's availability will encourage more persons who are already employed by criminal justice agencies to continue their education."

The scholarship is given in the amount of $500 each spring and fall semester. It is awarded to a criminal justice major who is a non-traditional student with financial need. Eligible students must be employed by a criminal justice agency, preferably in law enforcement. The scholarship is awarded by Armstrong Atlantic's criminal justice, social, and political science department and is available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The scholarship was originally funded by a golf tournament held last October at Hunter Golf Course. The inaugural tournament was organized by Frank Lee and other friends of Rowden who raised over $3,000. Their plan is to continue to hold the tournament on an annual basis.

For more information about the John T. Rowden, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, contact AASU's Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science at 927.5296 or visit www.cjsocpols.armstrong.edu.



January 15, 2002

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