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Trevor’s Gift

Scholarship established; 4th Friday will honor late officer Trevor Arrowood 

TRYON—The Arrowood family is making sure their late son will leave a gift to make an impact on the future of law enforcement. 

July’s 4th Friday in Tryon on July 23 will be a special one to not only honor Polk County’s First Responders but also to kick off the memorial scholarship fund for the late officer Trevor Arrowood. 

Tryon Downtown Development Association is holding its 4th Friday and this one will include a corn hole tournament at the Tryon Depot, a live band at the plaza, drinks and prizes and the kick-off to Trevor’s Gift. 

Arrowood was 25 years old when he died of cancer on Jan. 5, 2021 after battling it for years while working as a police officer. His family has set up a scholarship to honor him that will benefit students who want to study criminal justice at Western Carolina University, where Arrowood graduated. 

Harmon Field employees have made special corn hole boards for Arrowood’s scholarship and for first responders for next Friday’s event. 

Arrowood followed in his father’s, Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowood’s footsteps and worked for the Rock Hill Police Department after graduating college. Arrowood was the son of Jeff and Kerry Arrowood and graduated from Polk County High School. 

Jeff Arrowood said his dream is to one day have the fund provide a full scholarship for 4 law enforcement students. He said there are not that many young people going into law enforcement and this would be a good way to honor Trevor because he loved his work and Western Carolina. 

“We hope this helps future generations of criminal justice majors in Trevor’s memory,” Jeff Arrowood said. 

Future fundraisers are being planned, such as a golf tournament next spring and a fishing tournament for the scholarship. 

Friday’s event will be from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Tryon. 

Events will include the corn hole tournament, live music by Nobody’s Fault featuring Mike Karaman, a raffle and beer sales. 

People can find more information at Trevor’s Gift on social media.