HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A senior nursing student and daughter of a longtime law enforcement officer was presented with a scholarship Monday in memory of fallen Hattiesburg officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.
Bailee Alexander of Purvis received the inaugural Deen and Tate Memorial Scholarship through The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
"I almost can't even put it into words because this is the first scholarship I've ever received that I actually have a personal connection to," Alexander said.
Her father, Lt. Jason Alexander with the Lamar County Sheriff's Department, has served nearly 18 years between Lamar County and the Hattiesburg Police Department.
"Growing up with my dad in law enforcement, I've always kinda been a part of the law enforcement family, and that's something no one really understands until you're a part of it," she said.
The scholarship, which was endowed through a more than $40,000 donation from the Chip N Fore Heroes golf tournament this summer, will honor USM students who are children or grand children of police and firefighters, as well as paramedics. Chip N Fore Heroes is led by Terri Monken and Jessica Maholm.
Alexander said she hoped to finish nursing school, work for a few years, and then pursue either medical school or become a nurse practitioner.
"I want to specialize in pediatric oncology or neonatology," she said.