- Cullman, Alabama


September 13, 2013

Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Rainey provide two scholarships for WSCC students

HANCEVILLE — Tianna Auston and Diana Moreno have a lot in common. Both are sophomores in Wallace State Community College’s Criminal Justice program. Both are the first in their families to go to college. Both have lived in the foster care system. Both work full time to help pay their way to college.

Both young women are also recipients of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Excellence in Criminal Justice Scholarships, each receiving $5,000 to put toward their education in the Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters at Wallace State. Sheriff Mike Rainey presented the scholarships to the women on Thursday.

The Special Project Fund from the annual Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo, named after a longtime deputy sheriff and investigator, funded one of the scholarships. Rainey personally funded the other in memory of his mother, Shelby Rainey, who was once employed by Wallace State. 

Rainey said providing a scholarship is something the office has wanted to do for years and has finally been able to do that using the Special Projects Fund. “We have the funds now to help and try to give back to the community,” Rainey said.

That fund paid for the scholarship presented to Auston. Rainey’s personal scholarship was awarded to Moreno. “After reading these two girls’ stories, I couldn’t pick only one of them,” Rainey said.

Auston and Moreno were appreciative and excited about their scholarships.

“I’m very, very happy to receive this scholarship,” said Moreno, of Cullman. “It’s going to make going to school a whole lot easier.” Not eligible for Pell Grants, Moreno works full time at Royal Technologies to help pay for her education. “This is a good change in a positive direction.”

Moreno said she’s known since was a little girl that she wanted to be in law enforcement. Her long-range goal is to work for the FBI and to help in cases with abused children.

“This scholarship means everything to me,” said Auston, of Crane Hill, who is self-employed mowing lawns. “This is the first scholarship I’ve ever received. I was overwhelmed when I got it. It will help me because I don’t usually have enough money to buy books and stuff. This year I can actually work out of my books rather than having to find [the information from other sources].”

A school resource officer at Cold Springs High School influenced Auston’s career decision. “He was my inspiration in being a police officer,” she said of Arvel Allison, who she said encouraged her to work for the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. Her plans are to be a police officer, either here in Cullman County or in Birmingham.

As recipients of the scholarships, the students may be eligible for internships with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m so excited to intern,” Moreno said.

WSCC Criminal Justice Department Chair Bob Howell said he appreciates the Sheriff’s Office providing the scholarships to his students.

“Both of these young ladies are always in class, they always have questions, they are working hard to better themselves,” Howell said. “This opens a door that otherwise might not get open. It’s really a wonderful opportunity, and we appreciate it so much because they are part of our Wallace State family and you always want to help family.”

Text Only
  • WSCC patient care specialist BOOST program offers certification as Patient Care Specialist in one year

    Starting this fall, Wallace State Community College will offer a new health program aimed at helping individuals who are looking for entry into the medical field, or to change gears after spending time out of the workforce, whether from losing their jobs due to the economy, downsizing or other factors.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSCC HILL.jpg Hill hits the ground running at Wallace State

    Marcie Hill of Double Springs likes taking on new challenges. As an 18-year veteran of the education system, Hill has taught first grade, sixth grade and served as a reading coach to students and teachers in Kindergarten through sixth grade.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barnes enjoy Samford's governor's school.jpg Area residents enjoy Samford’s Alabama Governor’s School

    Students from two area high schools were chosen to attend Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 15-27. They were among 91 outstanding rising high school seniors from 24 counties who were selected for the two-week honors program.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • University of Memphis Reduces Tuition for Out-of-State Students

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a proposal that will significantly reduce the amount of tuition that out-of-state students pay to attend the University of Memphis.

    Under the new 250-R program, full-time undergraduates who graduated from a high school within 250 miles of Memphis will now pay $12,456 a year, an almost $10,000 reduction from last year’s amount of $21,768.

    June 20, 2014

  • WSCC students SkillsUSA comp 1.jpg Four Wallace State students set to compete this month at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

    Wallace State’s Technical Division has made it an annual tradition to send multiple students to the SkillsUSA national competition. This year is no different.

    June 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Dickerson chosen Boys State.jpg Dickerson chosen to attend Boys State

    Davis Dickerson, a student at Good Hope High School, son of Bruce and Jennifer Dickerson, received the American Legion Boys’ State award for 2014 from American Legion Post 4 Adjutant Don Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Southern Am. Legion Girls State.jpg Southern chosen for Girls State

    Miranda Southern, a student at Good Hope High School, daughter of Douglas Southern, received the American Legion Auxiliary 2014 Girls’ State award of $200 from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 4 Secretary-Treasurer Mary Reid.

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cullman students earn Martin Methodist College honors

    Two residents of Cullman County received academic honors during the spring semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.
    Brandie Overton and Darcie Wilson, both of Cullman, were named to the Dean’s List with a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

    May 30, 2014

  • Crisologo earns degree.jpg Crisologo earns D.P.M. degree from Des Moines University

    Des Moines University granted 539 degrees at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony, the 114th in the university's history, on Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The dean from each of the three DMU colleges presented their classes and DMU President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., conferred degrees.

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moon graduates from Southeastern Bible College

    John Clint Moon of Empire was awarded an associate of arts degree in leadership ministries from Southeastern Bible College Friday, May 9, 2014.

    May 29, 2014