Scholarship helps Stacy Morton pursue goal of being a sheriff’s deputy.
No one may identify with the proverb, “Sometimes you need to spend money to make money,” more than Stacy Morton. Stacy is paying her own way through Fox Valley Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy.
“Many law enforcement agencies can sponsor recruits to go through the academy,” Stacy explains. “The Portage County Sheriff’s Office, where I work, cannot sponsor recruits. But my goal is to become a deputy, so I am here on my own. And that’s why I am so grateful for this scholarship.”
Stacy is one of four Law Enforcement Academy students who recently received scholarships from the FVTC Foundation, Inc. The scholarships, specifically benefiting those who are paying their own way through the academy, can reduce the cost of the program by up to 10%.
Stacy appreciates every dollar. The mother of two worked full time as a corrections officer at the Portage County jail while earning her associate degree in Criminal Justice at FVTC. She is still working full time as she completes the academy, while commuting between Appleton and the Marshfield area.
Growing up and living in Wood County, Stacy is often asked why she did not choose a school closer to home.
“When I came to the Public Safety Training Center for work, I got a good look at it,” Stacy says. “It’s a one-of-a-kind training facility. If I can be a part of the best, then I want to do it.”
"I love my current job but graduating from the academy allows me to be a deputy and go on patrol. I can be a role model for my daughter and make a positive impact on my community."