South Georgia Tech students receive Law Enforcement Scholarships

South Georgia Technical College Foundation trustee and state representative Michael Cheokas is shown above with Michael Sangster's father, Robert Sangster, Sr. and his sister, Melissa Sangster, along with scholarship recipient Jett Coptsias and SGTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Brett Murray. / South Georgia Technical College

Two South Georgia Technical College students received law enforcement scholarships for their work at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.

Jeff Coptsias received the Lt. Michael Sangster Endowed Law Enforcement Academy scholarship while Rachel Lee Hart was presented with the very first Lou Crouch Law Enforcement Scholarship.

Both are graduates of the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy and were presented with the awards at their graduation ceremony.

"I feel that a degree in Criminal Justice along with my POST certification will enable me to obtain employment in the field of law enforcement," said Coptsias. "I am very appreciative of receiving the Lt. Michael Sangster Scholarship. "My goal is to establish a long standing career in law enforcement," said Coptsias, who earned his Peace Officer Standards and Training certification upon graduating from the SGTC Law Enforcement Academy. He is also enrolled in the Criminal Justice Technology program at South Georgia Tech in pursuit of an associate degree in Criminal Justice.

"Having a career in law enforcement has been a lifetime dream," said Hart, who is a single mother. "In order to begin this career path, I, as well as my son, had to sacrifice many things, but our sacrifice is well worth the joy and honor that the opportunity to be able to serve people and do good, will bring when I enter the law enforcement field. South Georgia Technical College, the Law Enforcement Academy, and the Lou Crouch Scholarship has helped me realize my dream."