CMPD Officers Clark and Shelton Scholarship Winner

LOCUST, N.C. – A passion for service and duty runs deep in Macy Stutts’ family. Her father and grandfather both wore blue. Stutts says, “It’s a long line of police officers and I knew I wanted to continue that legacy.”

Tthe 21-year-old junior at Wingate University is pursuing a degree in criminal justice, with support from a scholarship created in Officer Clark and Shelton’s memory. Stutts grew up in Locust, the Stanly County city where Officer Jeff Shelton lived. She says, “Everyday, I think about how much that scholarship meant to me and how much his legacy means to so many people.”

Kimberly Hammett is one of Officer Shelton’s former instructors at Stanly Community College. She was instrumental in creating the scholarship. Hammett says, “It’s helping people continue into the field that he loved so much, wanting to serve, wanting to help, wanting to protect.”

Currently, Stutts is also serving as Miss Gastonia. Her platform involves an effort to improve relations between police and the community. She says people shouldn’t have to be afraid when they see cops. She says, “They’re real people. And they have real families and real communities standing at home waiting for them.”

She’s glad the scholarship is giving her and others an opportunity to pursue the same passion for service seen in Officers Clark and Shelton. She says, “It takes a special person and I really think that Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were those special people.”

Two, $2,500 scholarships are awarded each year through Charlotte’s Finest Legacy Foundation. It’s open to students whose parents work for or are retried from a law enforcement agency.