The Ottumwa Courier


May 17, 2013

Ottumwa teen earns criminal justice scholarship


"My uncle works in the criminal justice field, and he got me interested in it," said Varner, who would like to someday be a crime scene investigator. "I was really honored and glad that it was the Lisa Caldwell scholarship, being a female and wanting to get into criminal justice."

In fact, the reserve officers saw characteristics of Caldwell in 18-year-old Varner.

"Lisa was very involved when she was in school, she was involved with the reserves program, she worked as a correctional officer and she was a fun person to be around," Weller said. "I think Hunter displays some of those same characteristics — and her work ethic. Lisa had a great work ethic. We really want this scholarship to continue for many years to honor Lisa and her family."

This year, the officers hope the golf fundraiser will be even bigger, hopefully doubling the amount they raised last year. Next year, then, they might give out two $1,000 scholarships.

"If we can continue that for several years ... we'll give out $2,000 but we'll be taking in $4,000 every year," he said. "It just continually builds up money so it becomes self-sustaining."

The second annual golf fundraiser will be held on Aug. 10 at Cedar Creek Golf Course. High school seniors who reside in Wapello County can apply for the annual scholarship.

To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.


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