Sherry Lyons-Williams Scholarship
Sherry Lyons-Williams was the first female Atlanta police officer to die in the line of duty. She wore her badge with honor, pride and dignity, protecting and serving the citizens of Atlanta for thirteen years. She was killed on April 4, 2001 in a shootout while serving a warrant on a drug dealer. Orphaned at the age of 2, Sherry was raised by her grandparents. Sherry was a standout high school athlete and overcame many obstacles to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Georgia in 1984. Sherry was an avid Bulldog who rarely missed a game. She served in the active duty military in the US Army and later in the Reserves. After her death, her friends and family established this scholarship in her name through the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the University of Georgia Foundation in . Donations may be made in memory of Sherry Lyons-Williams. Checks should be clearly marked as "For the Sherry Lyons-Williams Criminal Justice Scholarship" and made payable to the University of Georgia Foundation.
This need-based scholarship is designated for a major who plans to pursue a career in criminal justice. Applications are due during the spring term and the award is distributed with half of the funds given in the next fall term and the other half in the following spring term. Application materials are available early in the spring term at the Criminal Justice Studies Program Office, 221 Baldwin Hall, UGA.