Trooper J.R. Southerland, III Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was created in memory of J.R. Southerland, III, an Equality, Alabama resident, who passed away on August 21, 2020.

J.R. Southerland, III, was dedicated to his family, friends and to the service of others. Southerland graduated early from Elmore County High School and started a career in law enforcement. After starting out as a Cadet at the Prattville Police Department, he graduated from the Montgomery Police Academy where he served for 7 years. Just last year, he achieved his ultimate goal of becoming an Alabama State Trooper, serving in the Marine Patrol Division on Lake Martin.

J.R. loved his family and always put their needs before his own. He learned how to walk just shy of 10-month-old and never stopped moving. J.R.’s nephews adored him and he adored them just as much. His free time was spent adventuring and visiting with his Dad.

“J.R. loved his family, his friends and his dog. He was the Fun Uncle to three nephews who think he’s the greatest. He lived his dream and while working on Lake Martin would often grin and say, ‘I can’t believe they pay me to do this’. He was always up for an adventure, always had a smile on his face and enjoyed all things outdoors,” said his parents, Stephanie and Jimmy Southerland.

The scholarship has been established for the benefit of a graduating senior or graduate of Elmore County High School, Eclectic, Alabama. This student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 as confirmed by their high school transcript.  Applicants must plan to study at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university and major in criminal justice. Applicants are required to answer the question “How has law enforcement made a positive impact on your life?”. A recommendation letter must also be submitted.  Additional criteria can be found online at Students can apply online at beginning on December 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.