The City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship Fund is a cooperative effort of Dalton business and public safety leaders to provide a scholarship designed to help send a child of one Dalton Police Department officer and one Dalton Fire Department firefighter to attend Dalton State College each year.
Money for the scholarship was raised through community fundraising events such as scholarship dinners at the Dalton Depot Restaurant and also a charity golf tournament. Dalton Depot owner T.J. Kaikobad first approached Dalton public safety leaders with the idea for the scholarship and was instrumental in raising funds for its creation and he was recognized by the Dalton Public Safety Commission for his efforts.
The City of Dalton Public Safety Scholarship is part of the Dalton State College Foundation’s scholarship program, an annual offering of scholarship awards recognizing academic achievement and financial need for students at Dalton State College. The scholarship benefits dependents of Dalton Police or Fire employees, or the dependents of retired DPD and DFD employees. A six-member committee (three each from the Fire Department and the Police Department) determined the selection criteria for the scholarship, but the responsibility of choosing the recipients each year rests solely with the Dalton State College Foundation. The DSC Foundation awards more than $150,000 in scholarships every year.
The first scholarships were awarded to students in 2011.