Shanholtz receives WV Sheriffs’ Association Award and Hood Scholarship

By Debi Swick-Cruse

Jessica Shanholtz, a criminal justice major at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was recently awarded The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship and the James Hood Memorial Book Scholarship.

Shanholtz, who is originally from Annapolis, Md., is a graduate of Moorefield High School in Moorefield, W.Va. In addition to the above named scholarships, Shanholtz is also a PROMISE Scholar and the recipient of the Mountaineer Scholarship. Additionally, she is a member of the College’s Criminal Justice Club.Jessica Shanholtz

To be eligible for The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship, students must demonstrate the highest achievement and commitment in pursuing a career in criminal justice or law enforcement. In addition to submitting an official transcript and two letters of recommendation, students must write an essay describing their professional abilities and career objectives. Furthermore, students are required to give reasons as to why they’re interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, plus give examples of problems or needs in society that they would like to address when they enter their chosen career field. The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association awards only eight scholarships each year from a pool of students statewide.

Upon completion of an associate degree at Potomac State, Shanholtz plans to continue her education at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va. Her future goals include working as an attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice.

The Hood scholarship was created in honor of James (Jimmy) Hood, a former student and criminal justice major whose life was cut short as the result of an automobile accident. The Hood scholarship is awarded to a Potomac State student based on academic performance and participation in the Criminal Justice Club activities.

Shanholtz is also active in her church youth group, with community theatre and has been in two independent films. She is the daughter of Kathy and Tom Shanholtz of Moorefield, W.Va.

To learn more about Potomac State’s criminal justice programs, visit the website at or call 800-262-7332 or 304-788-6820.