PBA announces 2017 scholarship opportunities

PBA announces 2017 scholarship opportunities

Each year, the Washington County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA awards a memorial scholarship honoring Lt. Donald Nassiversa for those students studying the criminal justice field. Also, a second scholarship opportunity is being funded by the PBA in memory of the late Bruce Hamilton.

Lt. Donald Nassivera

Lt. Donald Nassivera

Lieutenant Donald J. Nassivera Jr.  served with the Sheriff’s Office from 1971 until his untimely death on October 27, 2006. He gave 35 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Washington County. In honor of Lt. Nassivera, the Washington County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA is funding a $500 scholarship opportunity. Download Scholarship Packet



Bruce Hamilton

Sr. Inv. Bruce Hamilton

Sr. Investigator Bruce Hamilton started his career with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office May 7th, 1987. He was promoted to Sergeant August 8th, 1995, Investigator September 8th, 1998 and Senior Investigator August 6th, 2013. He was the lead investigator on multiple homicide and fatal motor vehicle investigations during his career. His diligence, attention to detail, and genuine dedication to the victims and their families resulted in the successful prosecution of offenders. In honor of Sr. Inv. Hamilton, the Washington County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA is funding a $500 scholarship opportunity. Download Scholarship Packet


Learn more about Sr. Investigator Bruce Hamilton here.


You are eligible to apply for this Scholarship if you are:

  • A Washington County resident and graduating student from a school in Washington County or successfully completed a GED program through a Washington County School
  • Have applied to either a two or four year college
  • Pursuing a course of study in Criminal Justice OR impacted your community in a positive way.

Criteria for selection is primarily on interest and involvement in either your community or the Criminal Justice field. Extra-curricular activities will play a part in the selection process. These activities can include sports, clubs, or others. Please include both school and non-school related activities.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the application in full. Applicants must also attach an essay (200 word minimum).

Essay Topics:

  1. Why did you decide on Criminal Justice as a major? What do you hope to aspire to? What do you bring to the field and why will it help?
  1. Describe how you have made your community a better place. Do you plan to continue to help your community? How will your course of study impact the way you will help your neighbors.

The award is $500.00. If selected, you will be contacted prior to the end of your school year. You will be presented the award personally by a Deputy Sheriff. This presentation will be photographed and posted on our PBA website.

All applications must be submitted no later than May 1, 2017.