Jaclyn White is busy. When she is not making custom jewelry or trying other crafts, attending events at the Braselton Gallery or speaking to audiences about one of her books, she is traipsing across the state, researching historical markers for her next book project.
White wanted to be a writer since she was young. Not one to be confined to just one interest, she wrote feature articles for newspapers and regional and national magazines for about 20 years. Her books include two biographies, two true crime books, two novels and a book about herbs. Her next book will feature what one can discover following the paths both of General Sherman’s flanks took as they marched across Georgia.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she spent most of her younger years in DeKalb County, Ga. After spending some time in college, she started a career in law enforcement in Gwinnett County, serving as a patrol officer and even a homicide detective. She later worked as a juvenile court investigator and as a court administrator. She supervised the Gwinnett County Juvenile Clerk, Probation and Intake departments, overseeing about 30 employees.
She still found time to write, and by the time she retired, she had already published one book.
“I had things to do,” she said.
“I am doing what my husband would want done. He spent his life helping people. This scholarship is an extension of that.”
One of those things was establishing a memorial scholarship at Georgia Gwinnett College in honor of her husband, Carl D. White, Sr., who worked in law enforcement in Gwinnett County for 30 years and died in 2010.
To White, establishing the scholarship was a natural decision. The Carl D. White, Sr. Scholarship Fund provides support for GGC students who are dependent children of full-time employees of the Gwinnett County Police Department, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, city police jurisdictions located within Gwinnett County or Gwinnett County Public Schools resource officers. Preference is given to those with financial need. Recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average.
“I wanted his name and memory to continue, and be associated with something that would continue to do good,” White said. “As an endowment, this mechanism is in place. It will go on after I am gone.”
The principal of an endowed scholarship fund is invested, and a portion of its interest is used to pay out the scholarship itself. Since White started the fund, numerous friends and colleagues have contributed to it.