The largest law enforcement scholarship for Kansas students was given to Newton resident Miranda Hanchett in a short ceremony last week at the Harvey County Sheriff’s office.

The scholarship, of $3,000, is given by a combination of the Kansas Peace Officers Association, Kansas Sheriff’s Association and the state Chiefs of Police Association.

The scholarship is called the John Foster Scholarship, and is named after Foster, who died from cancer in 2003. He was a member of all three associations and had been chief of police in Lenexa and Johnson County Sheriff.

Hanchett is the daughter of Todd Hanchett and Pauline Salas. She is a graduate of Newton High School and plans to attend the University of Kansas. Her major will be pre-pharmacy and she will have a minor in Spanish. Todd Hanchett is the Harvey County Undersheriff.

There were 27 candidates for the scholarship. Grade point averages, standing in class, community service, as well as personal and scholastic acheivements were criteria for the award. Six finalists were selected and were interviewed before the winner was chosen.