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Winners Announced for “Be the Change” Scholarship Competition

Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Linda Gorton announced the winners in the Be The Change Scholarship Competition. Mayor Gortan on far right, winners include Nola Lewis and Asha Chekanao.

The partnership between ONE Lexington, GALLS®, and Central Bank offered a scholarship competition for a $20K scholarship. The program offers financial support to a Bryan Station High School senior of color who is committed to pursuing a career in criminal justice at a Kentucky college or university.

Lexington, Ken. (March 2022) – Mayor Linda Gorton of Lexington, Kentucky has announced the winner in the “Be the Change” scholarship competition sponsored by GALLS, LLC®, ONE Lexington, and Central Bank. The “Be the Change” scholarship program offers a $20,000 scholarship for a Bryan Station High School senior of color who’s committed to pursuing a career in criminal justice at a Kentucky college or university.

Nola Lewis, a senior at Bryan Station HS, won the scholarship of $20,000.00, renewable every year until she receives her undergraduate degree. Lewis participates in the school’s Homeland, Law & Fire Science pathway, and as of yet, has not chosen her preferred college.

Runner up, Asha Chekanao, also a senior at Bryan Station HS, will receive a one-time scholarship of $10,000.00. Chekanao participates in the high school’s Medical Academy and has chosen Northern Kentucky University as her college.

Mike Fadden, CEO of GALLS, commented, “GALLS is proud to have participated in the ‘Be the Change’ scholarship program. Both Lewis and Chekanao represent the future of public safety, and we feel it is critical to support young men and women entering the public safety sector.”

“I am so proud of Nola and Asha and their commitment to serving our community in the criminal justice and public safety field,” Mayor Gorton said. “This new scholarship provides life-changing opportunities to our community’s next generation of criminal justice and public safety leaders.”

GALLS, a leader in the distribution of public safety uniforms and equipment in the United States, also leads the industry in creating sustainable employee programs that allow all GALLS employees to feel respected, valued, and empowered to develop and thrive within the company.

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About GALLS®:

Lexington, Kentucky-based GALLS, LLC® is “Proud to Serve America’s Public Safety Professionals.” Together with its subsidiaries, GALLS represent the largest distributor of uniform and equipment to public safety personnel, including police, fire, EMS, private security, corrections, federal/military, and postal. Each year, more than one million men and women in the public safety, postal, and public transportation industries depend on GALLS for their essential and robust selection of equipment and apparel, ranging from customized uniforms, sunglasses, and boots/shoes to body armor, handcuffs, medical kits, and light bars. Founded in 1967, GALLS is a trusted resource for fast, convenient, and reliable public safety equipment, supplies, and gear. GALLS is headquartered in Lexington, KY, and boasts an associate team of 1500-plus based throughout the United States that services customers through an award-winning national catalog, convenient eCommerce site, more than 125 dedicated sales reps, 80 locations, and the eQuip agency online solution. Learn more at www.galls.com.