ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College junior Lakota Jonese is among five undergraduate students from throughout the state to receive a scholarship from the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association. Each award was made based upon an application which was reviewed by a committee of sheriffs.
"I am ecstatic and very appreciative for being a recipient of this scholarship," Jonese says. "It will help to finance my tuition toward finishing my degree in Criminology. Thank you to the West Virginia Sheriffs Association."
Jonese is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Jonese of Green Bank. His father, who currently is serving his second term as Pocahontas County Sheriff, has been an influence in Jonese's decision to seek a degree in criminology. However, it's his father s previous career that he hopes to pursue first.
Lakota Jonese, center, a Davis & Elkins College junior majoring in criminology, is presented a West Virginia Sheriffs Association Scholarship. Participating in the award ceremony are, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff, Davis & Elkins College Trustee and WVSA Board member Pete Dougherty, and Randolph County Sheriff and WVSA board member Mark Brady, D&E President Dr. Michael Mihalyo, second from right, and Jonese’s father Pocahontas County Sheriff David Jonese.
"My father served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps and that's what I have wanted to do my entire life," Jonese says. "I would love to follow in his footsteps, but instead of his position I would like to become a pilot in the Marine Corps."
Jonese also plans to make his service in the Marine Corps continue as long as his father's, and upon retirement pursue a career in criminal justice.
Jonese received the WVSA scholarship in a ceremony attended by three sheriffs. The award was presented by Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady, who also is a member of the WVSA board of directors. Also participating in the ceremony were Jonese's father and Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty, a member of the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees and WVSA's Board of Directors.
"It was an honor to represent the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association at this ceremony on the campus of Davis & Elkins College," Dougherty says. "It was a personal and professional pleasure to participate in awarding one of five scholarships this year to Lakota Jonese. He is a fine young man who I know will do great things in the future."