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Officer Kennis Croom
Memorial Scholarship

The Officer Kennis Croom Memorial Scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to the remarkable legacy of Officer Kennis Winston Croom, a beloved figure who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Officer Croom’s unwavering dedication to public safety, coupled with his remarkable achievements in education and community service, serves as a beacon of inspiration for all who knew him.

Born on July 2, 1991, Officer Croom exemplified a commitment to excellence from an early age. A graduate of Paul W. Bryant High School, where he excelled in both athletics and academics, Officer Croom’s passion for law enforcement was evident throughout his youth. His journey into policing began as a civilian rider with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, later interning with the department while pursuing his education at Stillman College.

Inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams.

Officer Croom’s dedication to serving his community led him to become APOST and MPOST certified, serving as a patrol officer with distinction in various municipalities. Despite the demanding nature of his profession, Officer Croom remained steadfast in his pursuit of higher education, earning both an associate degree from Hinds Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University, graduating with honors and distinction.

His relentless pursuit of knowledge and excellence extended beyond his academic achievements. Officer Croom was a devoted member of the Delta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and actively participated in various community initiatives and service projects.

The Officer Kennis Croom Memorial Scholarship honors Officer Croom’s remarkable legacy by providing financial assistance to deserving students who embody his spirit of dedication, integrity, and commitment to community service. Through this scholarship, Officer Croom’s memory lives on, inspiring future generations to pursue their dreams with courage, compassion, and unwavering determination.

The Recipients

Michael "Zae" Richardson

Central High School
Class 2022
Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Justin McKnight

Thompson High School
Class of 2023
Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Rose Hale

Central High School
Class of 2023
Lighthouse Award Recipient

Talie Kee

Northridge High School
Class of 2023
Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Tenesia McGuffie

Greensboro High School
Class of 2023
Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Providing Financial Assistance
to deserving students