The Edward T. and Sarah Laurent Kassinger Scholarship board has awarded the 2018 Kassinger Scholarship to Sgt. Sophie Raboud and Assistant Communications Coordinator Renee Epps with the UGA police department in recognition of their academic achievements and work pursuits.
The scholarship is provided to graduate and undergraduate students who complete academic degrees while employed full time as a UGA police officer or as a working student in the criminal justice studies program at UGA. Named for Edward Kassinger, director of the UGA Public Safety Division from 1969-1983, and his late wife, Sarah, the award was established in 1984 by former employees and friends of the Kassingers who believe that students who work to help pay educational expenses should be recognized.
Raboud has been employed by the police department since 2010. In July 2017, she received a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Georgia. Epps has been employed by the police department since 2007. In May 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership with a minor in public administration from Valdosta State University.
Awarded on an annual basis to candidates, the Kassinger Scholarship is administered by the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness.