Department of Justice
Montgomery Community College, NC
In the mid-1970s, divorced with two young boys, Becky Wallace enrolled at Montgomery Community College in pursuit of a career in law enforcement. "I made up my mind I had to get a better life for my children," she said. "The community college was really the only stepping stone available to me. People at the college made it accessible and worked with me."
Even before she finished her A.A.S., Wallace had left the small-town police department to become a county deputy sheriff.
She was a state alcohol law enforcement agent when President Clinton nominated her for the marshal’s service. When Becky began her duties in 1994, she became the first and only female U.S. Marshal in North Carolina. She is one of just seven women marshals in the country.
Long active in civic and community organizations, Wallace is a mentor to young women. She has also established a criminal justice scholarship at Montgomery Community College so her legacy will continue. "I’m at the point in my life that I’m able to help other people," she said.