AUGUSTA — Sheriff Joel Merry, president of the Board of Directors for the Maine Sheriffs Association, recently announced the association’s $500 scholarship winners for the 2016-17 academic year are Traviana Higgins and Megan Curtis.

Higgins is the step-daughter of Lincoln County Detective Sgt. Jason Pease and his wife Shanna. With an anticipated career goal of a federal law enforcement forensic scientist, Higgins chose the topic of leadership for her scholarship essay. Higgins, a 2016 Erskine Academy graduate, plans to attend Husson University in the fall to major in forensic science.

Curtis is the daughter of Sagadahoc County Deputy Jeffrey Shiers and Tammy Shiers, of Bath. Curtis submitted an essay featuring her step-father as the biggest influence in her life. With an occupational goal of optometrist, she plans to attend the University of New England in the fall in pursuit of a degree in medical biology. She is a 2016 Morse High School graduate.

The Maine Sheriffs’ Association award winners were selected on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and essay submissions. The Executive Board of the Association selects the scholarship winners each year.

Applicants must have an immediate family member employed within one of Maine’s 16 county sheriffs’ offices.

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