CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -

The members of the Detective Dave White Law Enforcement Scholarship Committee are congratulating 19-year-old Zach Cox of Green Cove Springs as the organization's first scholarship recipient.

"Cox is an outstanding young man who exemplifies a positive lifestyle, is involved in our community in several service areas and displays great character," a news release reads. "Cox completed the scholarship application, the required essay and excelled on the personal interview as part of the scholarship selection process."

The purpose of the scholarship is to memorialize White's character, his reputation, as well as the positive lifestyle he lived, the committee said in the release. White was killed in the line of duty last year.

The committee said this new scholarship awards at least one recipient annually financial assistance to attend the St. Johns River State College Basic Law Enforcement Academy. The award amount is up to $3,300 per academy class. Scholarship applicants must be admitted to the St. Johns River State College Basic Law Enforcement Academy prior to application.

White's widow, Jennifer White, serves as a member of the scholarship committee and is deeply involved in the scholarship process.

"White is very proud of the scholarship and of this first recipient," the release reads.

Cox is currently employed by the Clay County Sheriff's Office as a Civilian Control Room Operator in the Clay County jail. His long-time goal has been to become a sworn member of the Sheriff's Office by attending the police academy.

A fishing tournament is planned for Aug. 10, plus a golf tournament on Oct. 12 to continue to raise funds for this annual scholarship effort. For more information about the Detective Dave White Law Enforcement Scholarship, contact Orange Park Police Department Sgt. Randy Case at 904-264-5555.