Three graduating seniors from Lebanon County have received $1,000 scholarships to pursue criminal justice degrees as part of a program sponsored by the James Biever Police-Community Alliance.

The recipients are:

  • Emily Gerhart, a graduating senior from Cedar Crest High School who attended Lebanon County Career & Technology Center’s law enforcement program. She plans to attend West Chester University to study criminal justice with a minor in American Sign Language, with hopes of becoming a Pennsylvania state trooper.
  • Luke Shaffer, a graduating senior from Northern Lebanon High School. He plans to attend Clarion University to study chemistry and forensic science. A youth flag football coach, he hopes to continue serving as a positive role model and mentor to younger members of his community.
  • Reese Arnold, also a graduating senior from Cedar Crest who plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to pursue a degree in criminal justice and psychology. She was influenced by her father’s career in law and how he was able to have a positive effect on the lives of people he served.

The scholarships were made possible through the James Biever Police-Community Alliance, which offers the one-time award annually to high school seniors who attend a Lebanon County high school and are pursuing studies in criminal justice. According to a press release from alliance president Michelle Biever, students are eligible to apply if they are passionate about using their voice to protect, serve, and invoke change within their communities, but who need help financially to pursue their degree.

James Biever was a retired Pennsylvania state trooper with 25 years of service. Part of his vision for his nonprofit organization included helping students who wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice in areas including law, forensic science, psychology, juvenile justice, emergency management, public policy, and criminology.

More information on the James Biever Police-Community Alliance is available online.

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