Buchina awarded WV Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

WV Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

Mineral County Sheriff Jeremy Taylor (second from left) presented Justin Buchina (second from right) with a West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship. Also present were Sheriff Pete Dougherty (right) from Jefferson County who serves on the West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors, and PSC Criminal Justice Instructor Nicklaus Goff (left). Not pictured is Heidi Samuels, assistant professor of criminal justice at the College.

The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (WVSA) awards eight scholarships statewide each year from a pool of students across the state; Justin Buchina, a senior in the criminal justice bachelor of applied science degree program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, has been chosen as one of the recipients.

Buchina earned his associate degree in criminal justice from Potomac State in 2012 and was named to the Dean’s List in 2011, 2012 and Spring 2013. He serves as president of the Criminal Justice Club and is a member of the Equine Club.

Buchina also attended the Maryland Fire Reserve Institute where he earned certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a Fire Fighter I.

He is a 2007 graduate of Keyser High School and considers his greatest accomplishment to be his daughter, Elena Marie Buchina.

To be eligible for the WVSA 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 were required to give reasons as to why they are 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.