First generation college student earns Sheriff’s Scholarship
On Friday morning Dodge County Sheriff, Scott Rose, presented Samantha Pettey with one of nineteen scholarships given out this year by the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association.
Each year individuals who are planning on becoming a Peace Officer in the state of Minnesota are able to apply for the scholarships through their local Sheriff's Office.
The members of The Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association offer their congratulations to each of the scholarship awardees,” a press release stated. It went on to state, the qualifications and academic excellence shown by Samantha reflect the dedication and pride of the young people in the State of Minnesota who will enter the difficult but rewarding profession of law enforcement and public service.”
For the New Richland native, she sees becoming a police officer as a way to help the community something she enjoys doing.
“I love to help people and give back to my community. As a police officer I can do that while also making the community a safer place and making a lasting impact in people’s lives,” Pettey said.
Since switching into a law enforcement major Pettey has plenty of experience as she obtains her law enforcement degree from Winona State.
Some of her experiences include working as a Animal Control Agent with the City of Winona, interning for the Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office, being President of the college CJ club and working as a Police Reserve for the City of Winona for two years.
For Pettey receiving the scholarship coming from a single parent home, gives her a lot of pride, and means that anything is possible.
“I feel very honored to be receiving this scholarship, as it shows hard work does pay off in the end,” Pettey said, “Coming from a single parent home and being a first generation college student, this has shown me that if any opportunity presents itself to just take it and see where it leads you,” she added.
Pettey said that she is very thankful for many people that helped her earn the scholarship and supported her as she will soon earn her degree in law enforcement.
“I would like to thank Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh for bringing this scholarship to my attention as an opportunity to continue to pursue my education in Law Enforcement,” Pettey said, “ I would also like to thank my parents and close family for being very supportive since switching my major and presenting me with opportunities to help better be and help me gain experience before heading to skills in the spring,” she added.
Pettey hopes to soon become a Peace Officer in the State of Minnesota and eventually climb through the ranks.
“I aspire to start out where everyone else does and with hard work and determination either branch out to become Sergeant depending on the agency I get hired by, or branch out into working Animal Control since I am currently doing that with the City of Winona,” Pettey said.