Magnani Receives Criminal Justice Scholarship

Nicole Magnani stands by police vehicle.JACKSON, Mississippi – Nicole Magnani, a Criminal Justice student at Savannah Technical College has received the Gordon Graham Leadership and Ethics in Criminal Justice Scholarship of $1,000 from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.

Corporal Magnani works full-time as a senior instructor with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. She is on track to graduate this semester with an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Savannah Tech. She is a member of PTK and the National Technical Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati for an undergraduate paralegal/law degree.

The Graham Scholarship program provides scholarships exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for excellence in the criminal justice field while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree public safety program.

The Graham Scholarship was established by IPSLEI and Phi Theta Kappa in honor of Gordon Graham. Graham is a retired law enforcement commander, attorney, and an internationally known speaker, author, and lecturer in the field of criminal justice and risk management.

The Graham Scholarship is one of a growing number of scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa members in career or technical programs. Learn more about the scholarship.

STC’s Criminal Justice program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for Criminal Justice professions. The program emphasizes a combination of theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. The criminal justice field offers thousands of career opportunities in the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, as well as careers in private security. For more information visit

About IPSLEI – IPSLEI brings the concepts of leadership and ethics to the forefront of an individual’s career, rather than waiting until a person is promoted into a supervisory position. This program is based on the belief that one need not be a supervisor or manager to understand leadership principles and contribute to the leadership process. Learn more about IPSLEI.

About Phi Theta Kappa – Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

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