Pictured left to right: Rachel Daigle, Alexis Durbin and Hannah Swarner of the WBRSO.


Sheriff Mike Cazes announced that Rachel Daigle, valedictorian of Port Allen High School, and Alexis Durbin, salutatorian of Port Allen High School, have each received academic scholarships from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Daigle is now attending Lousiana State University studying biological sciences, pursuing a career in forensics. Her parents are Bryan and Misty Daigle. Durbin is also attending LSU focusing on Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Durbin.

The sheriff’s scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP).

“Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what LSHMP is all about,” Cazes said in a statement. “This is one of our finest accomplishments. It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community. This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of West Baton Rouge Parish’s honorary members.”

Louisiana sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the sheriff is any affiliate of the program.  Students earn the scholarship based on their academic achievement, leadership, and character. Eligible students must be permanent residents of Louisiana who are enrolled full time as undergraduates. Scholarships must be utilized in higher education within the state.

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