Lexington County sheriff makes $25,000 student scholarship donation
Major John Allard
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Monday, December 2 presented a check in the amount of $25,000 for the James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship at Charleston Southern University. Metts presented the check during a dinner that Charleston Southern University President Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, Jr., hosted for Metts and four of the students whose educations are partially financed by the endowed scholarship.
The check in the amount of $25,000 reflected proceeds from the 10th annual Sheriff James R. Metts Golf Tournament, Metts said.
“We thank Sheriff Metts for his dedication and commitment to CSU,” Hunter said.
On September 9, 30 four-person teams competed in the 2013 Sheriff James R. Metts Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road, Lexington, Metts said. All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship. In awarding scholarships, the university gives preference to students who are criminal justice majors and students who are from Lexington County.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Hunter said money from the endowed scholarship is partially financing the educations of eight students at Charleston Southern University: Brittney Felder, of Lake City; Audrey Truesdale, of Lexington; John Debruhl, of Lexington; Jeffery Gibson, of Ladson; Charles South, of Easley; Steven Zubkoff, of Charleston; Melissa Gordon-Adkins, of Goose Creek; and Adrian Cahalan, of Ladson.
During the dinner on Monday, Felder told Metts that she plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually hopes to work as a prison warden. Truesdale told Metts that she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work at the University of South Carolina.
Zubkoff told Metts that he plans to work as a law enforcement officer for a county or municipal law enforcement agency in South Carolina. Cahalan told Metts that she plans to work as a probation officer.
“As a former student who depended upon financial assistance to attend Charleston Southern University, I understand the importance of providing scholarships to worthy young people who want to pursue careers in the criminal justice field,” Metts said. “I told myself that if I could ever help people attend college that I would do so and set up an endowed scholarship.”
“The committee that organizes the golf tournament does a superb job each year in conducting a fun event that benefits a great cause,” Metts said. “I know the endowed scholarship makes a difference in the lives of the students who receive scholarships.”
As a result of the generosity of business owners and golfers, a total of $201,115 has been donated since 2004 to Charleston Southern University for the endowed scholarship, Metts said. The money reflected proceeds from the annual Sheriff James R. Metts Golf Tournament.
“I am honored that businesses and golfers have so generously donated money to help us invest in the futures of worthy young people in Lexington County,” Metts said.
Metts serves on the Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors. Metts also has served as an adjunct professor in the university’s criminal justice program for graduate students.
PHOTO: (left to right) Charleston Southern University President Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, Jr., scholarship recipient Brittney Felder, scholarship recipient Adrian Cahalan, scholarship recipient Steven Zubkoff, scholarship recipient Audrey Truesdale and Sheriff James R. Metts.